The National September 11, Pentagon and Flight 93 Memorial Plazas

Reflection in photographer's eye of 9/11.
Reflection in photographer's eye of 9/11. | Source

The 9/11 Memorial: "Reflecting Absence"

The September 11 Memorial opened as the installation "Reflected Absence" on the 10th Anniversary of the national disaster in New York City: September 11, 2011. Required free visitors' passes for 30 minutes are needed at all times to attend any visiting day and any 9/11 memorial tribute; see the website link below. Voluntary donations are accepted to help with the high cost of maintaining the memorial - $60,000,000 per year.

Already in August 2011 at the announcement of the opening, a protest group wanted the iconic steel-beam cross left standing in the Twin Towers debris to be removed from the memorial. This will likely not occur, because government opinion has been broadcast that this is a graveyard and the cross can stand as a marker to all those lost. This includes the 9/11 World Trade Center deaths, the 6 World Trade Center deaths from the 1990s attack, the Pentagon attack on 9/11, and the crashed hijacked Flight 93 from Shanksville, Pennsylvania (see material further below).

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A 9/11 Novel by Thomas Pynchon

The Names of 9/11

The names of all of those lost individuals from the 9/11 national disaster are engraved around the lip of the two 1-acre man-made waterfalls standing in the footprints of the World Trade Center.

In addition, unidentified human remains recovered in the debris of the trade towers are buried in respect on the site in a dedicated repository.

This is a tomb that we can visit. Further, symbols of many major world religions are formed from metal debris left at Ground Zero and are added to the memorial and the museum as they are completed. Other metals from the site have been salvaged and used to construct warships.

The two man-made waterfalls set among a new-growth forest at the memorial are powerful, understated and dramatic.

A virtual tour is available at ta dedicated website for the memorial. In person, free passes are timed at 30 minutes and the restriction may not feel like enough time to visit and meditate on the events the waterfalls commemorate.

The related September 11 Museum contains thousands of artifacts related to the national disaster on September 11, 2001 during the George W. Bush Administration. Artifacts relate to the the lost individuals in the tragediennes and their families, and opened one year after the opening of the beautiful Twin Waterfalls memorial, on September 11, 2012. At the time of that opening, a gallery of photos of the deceased from the terrorist attacks could be viewed on back-lit displays, with stories of their lives included so that America and the world will not forget these individuals.

The separate Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania offered its dedication on September 10, 2011, the day before the September 11 Memorial opening.

A good memorial tour for those wishing to pay respects to the lost will take in the Flight 93 Memorial on 9/10 and the September 11 Memorial on 9/11, followed by the Pentagon site on 9/12. However, the three sites are worth the time to visit anytime of the year. At one point in the past, the Pentagon even had a shopping mall in its lower level; I don't know if that is still true, but 60 minute tours of that facility are gladly provided.

North Pool and Waterfall
North Pool and Waterfall | Source

Twin Waterfalls of Reflected Absence

A markerOne Liberty Plaza, NYC -
1 Liberty Plaza, New York, NY 10007, USA
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Area of the September 11 Memorial and Museum and Office.

National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center
One Liberty Plaza, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10006
Telephone: 212-312-8800

Timed Passes (30 minutes) are required for visitors to the 9/11 and Flight 93 Memorials and are obtainable online. Timed visits are required for publicized safety reasons.

The time-resttricted passes to the memorial may create an obstacle to viewing the monument, because many of the American monuments require passes and a 30-minute is not much time. It is likely not enough to digest the display, pay respects and spend time meditating on the disaster and where it is taking the US. This time and pass requirement includes the Washington Monument and other DC sites as well as the Flight 93 Memorial in Pennsylvania and others. Not only is public safety likely an issue, but perhaps also is the possibility of terrorists or protesters gathering at these sites in order to damage the memorials in some way or to harm their visitors. .

NYC Fire Department Memorials to 9/11

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The bronze mural is located just south of the World Trade Center site.
The bronze mural is located just south of the World Trade Center site.
The bronze mural is located just south of the World Trade Center site. | Source
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9/11 Memorial In Israel

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The Twin Towers Memorial in Petah Tikva, IsraelTwin Towers GardenIsrael's Twin Towers Memorial
The Twin Towers Memorial in Petah Tikva, Israel
The Twin Towers Memorial in Petah Tikva, Israel | Source
Twin Towers Garden
Twin Towers Garden | Source
Israel's Twin Towers Memorial
Israel's Twin Towers Memorial | Source

Pentagon Memorials for 9/11

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Healing Field flag display near the Pentagon Memorial.Unveiling of 184 memorial benches at the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial on September 11, 2008.America's Heroes Memorial Victims of Terrorist Attack on the Pentagon Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery. Located nearest victims of the attack.
Healing Field flag display near the Pentagon Memorial.
Healing Field flag display near the Pentagon Memorial. | Source
Unveiling of 184 memorial benches at the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial on September 11, 2008.
Unveiling of 184 memorial benches at the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial on September 11, 2008. | Source
America's Heroes Memorial
America's Heroes Memorial | Source
Victims of Terrorist Attack on the Pentagon Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery. Located nearest victims of the attack.
Victims of Terrorist Attack on the Pentagon Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery. Located nearest victims of the attack. | Source

Memorial Plaza at Shanksville, Pennsylvania

WALKWAY OF MEMORIAL PLAZA, TOWARD THE WALL OF NAMES.
WALKWAY OF MEMORIAL PLAZA, TOWARD THE WALL OF NAMES. | Source

Flight 93 Wall Of Names

Wall of Names, one name on each pillar of remembrance.
Wall of Names, one name on each pillar of remembrance. | Source
The golden winged warbler and otherr species of birds are aided by memorial personnel by restoring natural forests in the crash area.
The golden winged warbler and otherr species of birds are aided by memorial personnel by restoring natural forests in the crash area. | Source
Flight 93 Memorial Plaza, Shanksville PA.
Flight 93 Memorial Plaza, Shanksville PA. | Source

Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania

Dedication: Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 12:30 PM

The Flight 93 Memorial Dedication occurred in Phase One of a permanent site from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM. The dedication included several musical tributes, the placing of wreaths for the lost, and other tributes. Related activities lasted throughout the afternoon. In addition, the memorial offered an evening event.

Check at the National Park Service Link for updates and new events at this memorial. Phase Two included the planting of 40 separate groves of trees, one grove for each of the passengers on Flight 93.

Formal observances will occur on each anniversary of September 11, from 9:00AM to 9:00PM.

The two large silver "Bells of Remembrance", resembling the Liberty Bell, ring during the time of the crash, 10:03AM, while the names of Flight 93 crew and passengers are read aloud.

A large Field of Honor is planted at the site, filled with daisies and Queen Anne's Lace among native grasses. A wide sidewalk to the memorial is fit with benches and stone seating beside green spaces and trees. Through the gateway and visitor's shelter is a set of five rows of benches from which to enjoy the Field of Honor. The plaza along the actual crash site is fit with larger benches, but only Flight 93 families have access to the crash site, through a large stone gateway.

At dusk of each 9/11 memorial day, luminarias are lit at the Flight 93 Memorial Plaza. This will include 2,982 lights to account for every life lost in the combined attacks on September 11, 2001.

Dedication: Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 9:30 AM

At 9:30 AM, the 10th Anniversary Memorial Service remembered the patriots on Flight 93 and the other 9/11 disaster sites. 9:30 AM is the exact time at which the passengers and crew on Flight 93 decided to implement anti-terrorist actions that stopped a major part of the terrorist attack on America on 9/11. Again, there were musical tributes, wreath placements, and other activities to fill the day.

The Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville PA was opened for regular attendance of visitors at 2:00 PM pm Monday, September 12, 2011. The permanent gateway is located at the following address:

6424 Lincoln Highway, Stoystown, PA 15563; Phone: 814-893-6322

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Flight 93 Memorial Plaza

A marker6424 Lincoln Highway, Stoystown, PA -
6424 Lincoln Hwy, Stoystown, PA 15563, USA
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Earth Angel 5 years ago

Dearest Patty,

I know all our hearts continue to break even though it's been ten years. The tragedy of 9/11/01 carved a deep wound on all of our souls.

This is a beautiful tribute. Thank you dear one.

Blessings always, Earth Angel.


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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean

Thanks Patty, for giving us the view of this important happening. Good information and well presented.


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

After the controversies surrounding the selection of a suitable memorial or monument in NYC, I think the Twin Waterfalls are beautiful. When the 9/11 Museum opens in 2012, it will rank in importance and content with the astounding Holocaust museums we have. It will be jaw dropping.

Thanks for comments!


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Well written. Thanks for all of the information! I hope that I get out to New York again sometime to see it.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

thank you for your interesting information. I wish I could go and see all these beautiful sites.


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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

Today is September 10, 2011 and I found your hub by 'accident'. Glad to visit, and thank you for your information here.


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

Thank for the comments. The memorials are beautiful, especially compared to the footage of the disaster I watched on Sept 10, 2011. We must never forget these events.


Earth Angel 5 years ago

You are so right dearest Patty, "We shall never forget . . . " Blessings on this 09/11/11 . . . Earth Angel . . .


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Great, timely hub! Excellent work on the 9/11 memorials and how we can continue to move forward. Best, Steph


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

Thanks! I think these memorials are good tributes and wish visitors could spend more than 30 minutes at that for Ground Zero. Security is a priorty, tho, I think. Thanks for comments!


Earth Angel 5 years ago

Dearest Patty, "Reflected Absence" is a wonderful name for the 9/11 Memorial ~ 30 minutes is a very short time for such profound reflection ~ In time I'm sure it will lengthen ~ Blessings again for this beautiful Hub ~ Earth Angel ~


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

Several additional elements of 9/11 memorials have been added in the last year. Several states, along with the nation of Israel have constructed memorials as well.

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