After Sunday’s official memorial service for the September 11 victims the Ground Zero site in New York is now open to the public.
The two reflecting pools are set in the footprints of where the north and south towers stood and carry the names of all those who died in the attack.
It is the first time in 10 years that people have been allowed access to the site and the visitors were greeted by the New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the 9/11 President, Joe Daniels.
“I feel incredibly lucky to have helped bring this to New York city,” said Daniels. “And today we’re going to see what the memorial is also supposed to do, which is to bring people together.”
Many of the first visitors had lost relatives in the attacks. For them it was an emotional experience. Antehoula Katsimatides lost her brother in the attacks. “I finally have a place to come and remember John…it’s nice to come to a place teeming with life,” she said.
As well as the victims of the attacks on the Twin Towers in 2001, the memorial also honours those who died in an earlier bomb attack on the World Trade Center in 1993.