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Tell Us: Will You Visit WTC or Flight 93 Memorials?

More and more people are visiting the Flight 93 Memorial and the two new World Trade Center towers that are being built in lower Manhattan

 

More than 200,000 people are expected to visit the Flight 93 National Memorial this year - almost double the number in 2011, according to an Associated Press report.

New construction at the site is scheduled to begin next year.

United Flight 93 was traveling from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco when it was hijacked by four terrorists in 2001.

The 9/11 Commission says terrorists likely aimed to crash the plane into the White House or the U.S. Capitol, but passngers fought back and the jet went down in a field near Shanksville, Pa.

Will you visit any of the 9/11 sites? Tell us in the comments section below.

At the new multi billion-dollar World Trade Center, two towers are nearing completion and once again dominate the lower Manhattan skyline, according to an Associated Press report.

Developers of the project say:

— Most of the 8-acre memorial quadrangle at the World Trade Center opened last year on the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Since then, some 4.5 million people have visited the memorial, with its twin reflecting pools where the towers stood. But a museum being built in a cavern beneath the plaza is still incomplete. Work all but stopped last fall because of a funding dispute between the memorial foundation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Joseph Daniels, president of the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum, said that once construction resumes it will take more than a year to finish the job, meaning the museum might not open until 2014.

— One World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower, will open in 2014 on the northwest corner of the trade center site with 3 million square feet of office space. Tenants so far include magazine publisher Conde Nast and the federal government's General Services Administration. The spire atop the 104-story building will reach the symbolic height of 1,776 feet. There will be observation decks on the 100th, 101st and 102nd floors. The building without the spire has reached its full height of 1,368 feet. It is expected to cost $3.9 billion by the time it is finished.

Anonymous September 11, 2012 at 12:28 PM
We will certainly consider it an honor to visit these sites. Whether we are there or not though, we will remember those who acted bravely to save others. You never know what today will bring. We can only hope to act as bravely as all those who gave their lives to save others. It is one thing to have an occupation where you are supposed to be brave...then it is another thing to actually DO it when needed. Also those on the flight would have never expected to be in the role that they were, and yet they bravely stepped up to save others. THAT is America. I suppose those suicide pilots thought they were "giving all", but others like them need to see who killed innocent civilians on purpose. Romans 12:21 "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." May we all do good in memory of those who were brave on 9/11.
Mary Ellen Alu September 11, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I stopped at Flight 93 Memorial in May with my family. I am so glad I went, to see where these American heroes fell. It is a very moving experience, and I encourage people to go there.
Robert Frees September 11, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I uploaded a picture of the winter of 2008-9 in Shanksville, PA which makeshift memorial was very moving. Please all remember that there is already a 9/11 memorial COMPLETED at the Pentagon for all those lost in Wash, DC. Our son was in the building but survived OK. Thank God!
Susan Koomar September 11, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Thank you so much for sharing your photo of the makeshift memorial in Shanksville, Robert. We've made it the featured photo with the story now! And we're so glad to know your son survived the Pentagon attack. Thanks again!
B.C. September 12, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I am running two bus trips to the memorial in the next few weeks. So, I am taking 110 people to the memorial. We will also be visiting St. Pauls church, across from the site. The church is a memorial to the search and rescue, then search and recovery workers. Anyone going to the 9/11 Memorial should not miss St. Pauls church. It is a very moving experience!

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