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9/11 museum 'on track' for 2011 opening

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Manhattan still bears the scars of the 9/11 attacks, a constant reminder to New Yorkers of the catastrophe eight years ago. Ground Zero is a gigantic building site, and will be so for months to come. But, eventually new buildings will emerge, adding to Manhattan’s dramatic skyline.

Here, too, will be a museum and memorial dedicated to 9/11 and its victims. Planning disagreements, arguments over site ownership, and the recession have all conspired to delay the project, but they still hope to open on time. “Over the past year it’s been quite clear that despite the challenges that exist on the World Trade Centre site, all of the stakeholders in this project are united in staying on track to meet our expected opening in 2011, the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks,” said Joe Daniels, the Museum and Memorial President. The museum will display quotations from the hijackers’ martyrdom videos alongside testimonials from survivors to put the disaster into context. It’s intended to stop sympathisers praising the attackers, but the idea has touched a raw nerve among a still-shocked American public.