The progress at the World Trade Center is real and visible. The structural steel for the Memorial pools is fully installed and more than 75% of concrete for the project has been poured. Work has begun on the bronze panels that will list the names of the 2,982 people who were killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993.
The year ahead will be filled with many milestones as the dedication of the Memorial on the 10th anniversary of September 11th approaches. The first cluster of trees will arrive at the site later this summer so that they can be planted on the Memorial Plaza. In the coming months, large artifacts salvaged from World Trade Center in the aftermath of the attacks will be installed within the museum.
Meanwhile, museum staff are planning exhibitions that will preserve the story of 9/11 victims’ loved ones in the creation of a memorial exhibition which will honor each individual who perished. The exhibition will rely on the remembrances, photographs, video and other material provided by loved ones of victims. The museum staff hopes that visitors to the museum will leave the memorial exhibition with a heightened respect for who these people were, and a recognition of our common humanity and shared loss.