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On Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the newly finished 9/11 memorial was unveiled to the families of the victims. The “soft-opening,” if you will, was seen as more intimate and private event.
On Monday, the memorial was opened to the public. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was on hand to welcome the first visitors.
“New Yorkers, Americans and people around the world now have a beautiful, dignified place to pay tribute to the memory of the 2,983 men, women and children we lost in the tragic attacks of 9/11,” he said.
As you would expect, a lot of people want to get a glimpse of the memorial. Over 7,000 came with tickets to visit the memorial. The tickets are free, but reservations are required to enter the new space.
People that showed up without tickets were turned away.
The demand to visit the site and pay respects is high. According to the WSJ, 400,000 people have signed up online to visit the memorial in the next few months.
Last Sunday, on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the brand new memorial dedicated to the victims was officially opened in Manhattan.
The memorial features 2,983 names in bronze panels, all encasing 30-foot waterfalls. It’s a truly inspiring piece of design.
But one family has an issue with the memorial, as they discovered on Sunday that the name of their loved one had been misspelled on the memorial.
Jeffrey Schreier was one of 658 people from the brokerage firm Cantor Fitzgerald to die in the WTC attacks. When his sister found his name on the memorial on Sunday, she saw that it read “Jeffery” instead of “Jeffrey.” The second E and the R had been switched.
Schreier’s brother-in-law David Hart had this to say, as reported by MSNBC:
“As I was looking at the name, all of a sudden, I realized this name was not quite spelled correctly.”
“You feel as though Jeffrey’s soul is now looking down and saying, ‘Can’t you get my name right?'”
The spokesman for the memorial has indicated that they are working to correct the error.
I can surely understand how an error like this could affect a grieving family. In a memorial with nearly 3,000 names, I wonder if there are any other errors that have yet to be discovered.
Yesterday was not only the anniversary of 9/11, but the opening Sunday of the NFL as well. While many spent the solemn Sunday watching America’s favorite sport, the people of the NFL made it clear that the anniversary of 9/11 was not far from their minds.
During the afternoon game between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants, the league participated in the tribute to the victim of 9/11. A video of a solider playing “Taps” was the background for flag unveilings all around the NFL. The Redskins – Giants game was seen as the 9/11 tribute game, as the two teams represent the two major cities affected by the attacks.
This video was seen by everyone watching the game yesterday –
With advancements in social media, the mobile web, and smartphones that have taken place over the last ten years, we’re certainly living in a different world than we were on September 11, 2001. Now, ten years later, the web is giving us a much broader view of all events through imagery, videos, tweets, Facebook updates, and much more. This was no different on the tenth anniversary.
Flickr and Instagram have immortalized the day with some beautiful photo collections:
News Corp’s The Daily – its iPad magazine has put together a slideshow for 9/11 in photos.
YouTube partnered with the New York times for a dedicated channel, and has selected a couple of handpicked videos to share on their own blog.
NASA has a Remembering September 11th post up on their official site today, and the most compelling part of it deals with 9/11 as seen from space.
The image above was taken by the Landsat 7 satellite with the Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus on September 12th, 2001. The day after 9/11, you can still see the smoke and debris billowing from Ground Zero.
Another interesting aspect of the story is astronaut Frank Culbertson, the only American not on planet Earth when the attack occurred. He was actually high above the Earth aboard the International Space Station.
As the attacks went down, Culbertson was passing over the NYC area. On the morning of September 11th, he took out his camera and snapped the photo seen below –
“The smoke seemed to have an odd bloom to it at the base of the column that was streaming south of the city. After reading one of the news articles we just received, I believe we were looking at NY around the time of, or shortly after, the collapse of the second tower. How horrible,” he said in a public letter written on that day.
We can only imagine what it felt like on that tragic day to watch it all happen from space.
There is a newly published chronicle of civil and military aviation responses to the 9/11 hijackings that were never released until now, reports the New York Times.
This comes in the form of a multimedia document that features 114 recordings of air traffic controllers, military aviation officers, airline and fighter jet pilots and two of the hijackers. The recordings cover a two-hour timespan from that morning.
“Though some of the audio has emerged over the years, mainly through public hearings and a federal criminal trial, the report provides a rare 360-degree view of events that were unfolding at high speed across the Northeast in the skies and on the ground,” reports Jim Swyer.
Pieces of it are available on the New York Times site.
Ever since New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made the decision to exclude clergy from the upcoming 9/11 commemoration event at Ground Zero, religious groups have protested.
Up until now, it has mostly been conservative religious groups that have led the charge, but according to CNN, some progressive Christians are now speaking out about the decision.
But they aren’t just criticizing Bloomberg for his decision to exclude clergy, they are also criticizing conservative Christian leaders for attacking Bloomberg so harshly. They feel that it is doing more harm than good, especially during an anniversary that remembers the importance of national unity. From CNN –
“Mayor Bloomberg made an understandable but regrettable decision,” said Tim King, communications director for Sojourners, an evangelical Christian social justice group that is helping to plan the press conference.
“Religion, and religious leaders, have caused a lot of unnecessary conflict and controversy,” King wrote in an e-mail message. “But avoiding religion entirely does not get to the root of the problem.”
“The answer is better religion,” King continued. “And to those religious leaders who are stirring up a media controversy about this decision … you are showing exactly why Mayor Bloomberg didn’t want you there in the first place.”
Bloomberg’s office has stuck by their decision, saying that removing religion from the equation will prevent any disagreements on what religious leaders should be included and will “keep the focus” on the victims of 9/11 and their families.
The Pentagon Memorial Fund is a non-profit organization that was established by the families of the 184 victims of the 9/11 attacks that hit Washington D.C.
And they have relaunched their website in an attempt to bring educational resources to the public concerning the Pentagon memorial site as well as general information involving the September 11th attacks.
When you visit the site, you will be able to learn how 9/11 affected Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, and New York. The site also provides education materials like lesson plans for teachers to help their students understand the history and significance of 9/11.
“This website is an important step in the continuing effort of the Pentagon Memorial Fund to provide education resources to ensure that future generations have the opportunity to learn about what happened on September 11th, 2001,” said James J. Laychak, president of the Pentagon Memorial Fund.
“By offering lesson plans and activities Pentagon Memorial Fund is helping teachers of all levels revisit this most historic and important day. I know I speak for all the families involved with the PMF when I express our sincere thanks for all the hard work that went into this effort. We hope this initiative helps ensure that we as a country never forget the importance September 11, 2001.”
As you might expect, President Obama has ordered government officials to be extremely vigilant during the forthcoming weekends 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The actual anniversary of the tragic events is this coming Sunday, but 9/11 remembrance events will be held throughout the weekend.
White House spokesperson, Jay Carney, said: “we don’t have any specific credible threats … we remain ever vigilant through the anniversary and beyond”. Carney was also quick to point out that al Qaeda and other groups have expressed interest in past anniversaires of 9/11 as possible days to execute new terrorist plans, especially since Osama bin Laden was also killed just a few months ago.
To reiterate his point, President Obama met with members of Homeland Security to discuss various security measures.
This year, on the upcoming 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the 9/11 memorial will be unveiled to the public.
In two years, on the 11th anniversary of the attack, the 9/11 memorial museum is set to open its doors. And according to Reuters, the museum directors are already being faced with the challenge of telling the story without disturbing the visitors.
According to Alice Greenwald, museum director, the most potentially disturbing exhibits are going to be placed away from the main space in “special alcoves.” That way, visitors to the museum can choose for themselves whether or not they want to view some of the more disturbing images and artifacts from the day.
It’s definitely and interesting decision. Just look at the name: 9/11 Memorial Museum. It’s part memorial, part museum. The balance between displaying history and honoring the victims is a delicate one.
“We’re not just a history museum, we’re also a memorial institution and so the tension that happens between commemoration and documentation is a flash point,” Greenwald said.