Years of planning went into the design of the monuments to 9/11. Two reflecting pools designed by architect Michael Arad now mark the former footprints of the Twin Towers and pay tribute to its fallen, revealed on the 10th anniversary of the New York attacks. In their place stands One World Trade Center, architect Daniel Libeskind’s towering tribute to the human spirit and the resilience of the Big Apple. A ring of trees around each pool outline where the towers once stood and act as a living memorial to the fallen buildings, growth from a time of trial.
The job of documenting the site’s history, which is extensive and graphic, has been left to the National September 11 Memorial Museum. Opened late May, the museum bears solemn witness to the events of September 11—dark exhibition halls below ground zero detail the saddening subject matter. The museum’s In Memoriam gallery, occupying space below where the South Tower once stood, respectfully and powerfully pays tribute to the victims of these attacks and those who courageously risked their lives to save others. Since its opening last year, the memorial has been seen by more than 15 million visitors.