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9/11 Ceremony Endures at Transformed Ground Zero

Families remember loved ones in 'revitalized' Lower Manhattan

(Newser) - Bagpipes opened the ceremony marking the 13th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, today in Manhattan, USA Today reports, but in a place transformed by the years. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum sits at the spot where thousands gather to honor the fallen, as the nearly finished One World... More »

In 9/11 Museum: a Life-Saving Squeegee

Men used it to escape World Trade Center elevator

(Newser) - On 9/11, six lives were saved by a squeegee handle. Six men, including a window washer, were trapped in an elevator at One World Trade Center during the attacks. When their car began falling downward, they were saved by the emergency stop button. But at that point, the men smelled... More »

What the 9/11 Museum Was Like for One Victim's Brother

Steve Kandell reflects on having your worst day turned into a tourist attraction

(Newser) - After Steve Kandell's sister was killed in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, his family objected to the media referring to her as a hero. Shari "was just a person who happened to have gotten to work a little early on a Tuesday morning, and that... More »

Families Slam 'Crass' 9/11 Museum Gift Shop

Some visitors think memorial is no place to sell 'baubles'

(Newser) - The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum opened last week to survivors, first responders, and relatives of victims—and some of them were shocked to find a gift shop on the premises hawking things like mugs, mousepads, and key chains. At the shop, which will help fund the museum's operating... More »

Late Change Keeps 'Bridge' Song From Upstaging Christie

But he says traffic mess will be a 'footnote' soon anyway

(Newser) - A last-minute change prevented what could have been an uncomfortable moment during the 9/11 museum dedication ceremony: remarks by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie followed by the song "Bridge Over Troubled Water." The original program for today's ceremony had Christie's remarks followed by Idina Menzel's... More »

9/11 Museum Opening Honors Man in Red Bandana

President Obama helps dedicate museum

(Newser) - President Obama today helped dedicate the National September 11 Memorial Museum, and his comments opened with the recollection of a man who "emerged from the smoke, and over his nose and his mouth, he wore a red handkerchief." It was Welles Crowther, a 24-year-old working on the South... More »

Meaning Behind 9/11 Memorial Quote Is Jarring

It refers to pair of Trojan soldiers who killed many

(Newser) - The words, with no context beyond location, seem appropriate enough: "No day shall erase you from the memory of time. Virgil." So reads a 60-foot-long inscription appearing along a wall at the soon-to-open National September 11 Memorial Museum. Behind the wall sit the 8,000 human remains that... More »

After 13 Years, Some WTC Fence to Come Down

As early as May

(Newser) - For 13 years, the World Trade Center site has been ringed by a tall fence. In what the Wall Street Journal is calling a "major milestone," some of the fencing will finally come down this year. Joe Daniels, president of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, says... More »

Adults Will Have to Pay $24 to Enter 9/11 Museum

Making it one of NYC's priciest museums

(Newser) - A somber visit to New York City's planned Sept. 11 museum will also be an expensive one. The board of the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum yesterday voted to charge adults a $24 admission. That places it among the city's priciest museums (the Guggenheim is at $22, MoMA... More »

Hidden in World Trade Center Steel: a Face?

Some museum workers apparently call it the 'Angel of 9/11'

(Newser) - You might not believe it, but it's pretty wild all the same: From the wreckage of the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers emerged two pieces of "impact steel"—twisted remnants of the exact spot of the North Tower where the plane hit, per experts. One of... More »

9/11 Families Fume Over Visitor Fees at NYC Memorial

'Money is the bottom line here,' says victim's mother

(Newser) - Anyone planning a trip to the 9/11 Memorial in New York City will have to pay $2 per advance ticket—and victims' families are none too happy about it, the New York Post reports. "I don’t want the American public to have to pay a dime to pay... More »

Images From Today's 9/11 Ceremonies

President marks 11th anniversary

(Newser) - President Obama honored the 11th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks today, observing a moment of silence at the White House and laying a wreath at the Pentagon before visiting graves of recent war dead from Afghanistan and Iraq at Arlington National Cemetery. "Our country is safer, and... More »

Pols Avoid Ground Zero as Cost Debate Rages

Obama, Romney put negative ads on hold

(Newser) - For the first time, no elected officials will speak at Ground Zero on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the AP reports. While many hailed the change as a separation of 9/11 from any sort of political agenda—"The fact that the politicians will not be involved, to... More »

Booted From This Year's 9/11 Ceremony: Politicians

They'll be excluded from speaking, foundation says

(Newser) - On Sept. 11 this year, the names of the victims of the 9/11 attacks will once again be read aloud at Ground Zero, but there will be silence from politicians. The foundation that controls the 9/11 memorial has told victims' families that the reading of names will be "the... More »

NYC Teens Trash 9/11 Memorial

...and one tries to bring in bullets

(Newser) - During a class trip to the 9/11 memorial, New York City junior high students were on less-than-charming behavior, hurling trash and other items into its reflecting pools. "Kids were throwing baseballs in the pond thing," one student tells the New York Daily News . The education department is investigating... More »

New Thorn for 9/11 Families: Ground Zero Museum Delay

Financial dispute means it won't open this year

(Newser) - Families of 9/11 victims are dismayed that a financial dispute has indefinitely delayed completion of the museum at Ground Zero. The museum, a companion to the 9/11 memorial, was supposed to be finished by this year's 11th anniversary, but officials now say that's not possible. The holdup stems... More »

9/11 Memorial Worry: Suicides

NYPD fears an overcome visitor will take life in the sunken pools

(Newser) - The New York Times today takes a look at a potential problem that, as of yet, has mercifully not come to pass: suicide at the 9/11 memorial. The article focuses on the fears of the NYPD, and is spun off of comments Commissioner Raymond Kelly made to Esquire yesterday about... More »

9/11 Memorial Shuns Muslim Hero

They don't want Muslim names on plaque: Mom

(Newser) - As the World Trade Center burned on Sept. 11, a young police cadet rushed to the aid of victims—but you won't see his name on the 9/11 memorial's list of first responders. And even though his body was discovered amid debris from the north tower, Mohammad Salman... More »

9/11 Victim's Name Misspelled on Memorial

Family of Jeffrey Schreier finds typo

(Newser) - The engravers at the new 9/11 memorial in New York City aren't quite done: The family of victim Jeffrey Schreier has discovered that his name was spelled incorrectly, reports the New York Post . It reads "Jeffery" instead of "Jeffrey." Schreier was one of the Cantor Fitzgerald... More »

Now Open to Public: 9/11 Memorial Plaza

But you'll need an advance pass to enter

(Newser) - Ten years after the tragedy, the 9/11 memorial is finally opening to the public today. At 10am, several thousand people will be welcomed through the gates onto an eight-acre plaza studded by white oak trees and a pair of reflecting pools, nearly an acre in size, that stand where the... More »

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