Demand Strong for 9/11 Memorial

Visitor passes for the first day of the soon-to-be-opened 9/11 Memorial were booked within an hour of being made available on Monday morning. A dedication and private service will be held on September 11, 2011 for relatives of victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. On Sept. 12, 2011, the memorial will open for those with visitor passes. 

Timed reservations will be used for the memorial while construction continues on other World Trade Center projects over the next few years. Officials said the tightly-controlled system is designed to manage capacity and the flow of visitors while the site remains an active construction area.

The memorial and museum, on eight of the original 16 acres of the site, will remember and honor the 2,982 people who died in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993, and September 11, 2001. The memorial will consist of two massive pools set within the footprints of the original Twin Towers with the largest manmade waterfalls in the country cascading down their sides and a plaza of trees. The names of those killed in the attacks are inscribed in bronze on parapets surrounding the memorial pools.

Officials predict that about 5 million people will visit annually, which will make the memorial the biggest attraction in New York City. The 125,000-square-foot museum, scheduled to open on Sept. 11, 2012, will be largely under the Memorial. It will display monumental artifacts linked to the events of September 11, while presenting intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning, and recovery. 

The online ticketing system is located at www.911memorial.org/visitor-passes. Passes are free, but donations are appreciated. Groups of 10 or more are asked to contact [email protected] or call 212-266-5200.