WTC Memorial Opens

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Monday, September 12, 2011 - 2:45pm

New Ground Zero memorial opens to the public for the first time.

The new September 11th Memorial has finally opened, one day after the tenth anniversary of the attacks.

People with first day tickets streamed inside, welcomed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

With twin pools and 30 foot waterfalls in the footprints of the Twin Towers, it's a stirring but peaceful memorial.

What pulled hardest at the heartstrings were the names.

2,983 of them are carved in bronze, everyone who died here on 9-11.

The names are not in alphabetical order.

Instead, they're in groups.

People who worked together and who died together on 9/11 are still together on the bronze.

John Katsimatides is with his workmates.

His sister Anthoula felt she was with John today.

"It's important for me to be able to connect with him - to touch with him - to touch him," she said. "I wish John wasn't on this memorial, but at the same time I'm excited and happy that the memorial is finally opened...it is magnificent, and it just fills you with such life and hope and you know - John was that kind of guy."

Tickets are required for visitors, and available online.
 

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