We have watched the 911 Memorial and the Freedom Tower arise from the ground on a daily basis. From where we live we have been able to slowly watch the progress. What is the most amazing thing is how it has taken 12 years for it to open and it is still not complete. The Empire State Building was built in 18 months before the advent of the technology we use today. The time, the energy, the lawyers, the groups, the families, the whole entire thing is in many ways a definition of our times. It pains me to think how many people made money on this terrible tragedy.
My sister-in-law got tickets for us to view the memorial. I am going to assume that once the museum is up and the buildings are complete that the memorial will be completely open for anyone to walk by at any time of day or night. It seems to look like that will happen based on the beautiful park surrounding the memorial.
The memorial is amazing. A sunken water fall that marks the outline of where the buildings stood. It is mesmerizing to stand there, watch and listen to the water. Standing in the middle of all the tall buildings is powerful too.
It was probably the coldest day of the year that we went there but so worth it. The security is tight and the line moves pretty quickly. It is shockingly efficient. I highly recommend getting on the site and signing up to reserve a time to go and see the memorial. It is really a beautiful tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in a pointless act of terrorism.