After roughly 8 months of construction, the 9/11 Memorial Glade in New York is set to open on May 30, 2019. The memorial is dedicated to all post-attack victims of 9/11 and was designed by Michael Arad and Peter Walker, the architects behind the 9/11 Memorial. Here’s what you should know about the Memorial Glade.
The 9/11 Memorial Glade dedicates space to first responders, recovery workers, and all other people affected by the horrific attacks, whether they have died from or are battling with the consequences of it. Several thousand people were exposed to the toxins caused by 9/11, including people who lived, worked and studied nearby. They too are part of the story along with the nearly 3,000 victims and relatives, and now they will be honored with the 9/11 Memorial Glade.
The memorial pays tribute to the effort and courage of relief workers who risked their lives to help heal the city, the nation, and the world after the attacks. They were on site from the second it happened, searching for survivors, clearing the debris. After nine months, on May 30, 2002, the recovery effort formally ended. It was the day the last steel column was removed from the site. The so-called “last column” is now a centerpiece of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, surrounded by the Scroll of Honor, where all registered recovery workers are displayed. Due to the day’s importance, it will also be the opening date for the 9/11 Memorial Glade.
The 9/11 Memorial Glade is located on Memorial Plaza, between Liberty and West Street. The design was first revealed in May 2018 by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum’s president Alice Greenwald.
The 9/11 Memorial Glade forms a pathway, 8 feet wide and 14 feet long, with six large monoliths appearing to break through the ground. They were specifically crafted to look bruised, but not broken, symbolizing the strength and the human spirit. Each of the large stone elements weighs around 15 tons and includes steel from the original One World Trade Center. They will further incorporate the traditional Japanese art of “Kintsugi”, literally translating to golden repair (kin = gold, tsugi = repair). The art technique embraces the repair of broken pottery by filling the breaks with gold. Kintsugi symbolizes the idea that no scars need to be hidden. In fact, the opposite is encouraged: Scars should be displayed with pride because the damage is what makes the pottery unique.
How much will the 9/11 Memorial Glade cost?
The estimated cost of the new 9/11 memorial is $5 million. It enjoys vigorous support by individuals, corporations, and the state of New York. Bloomberg Philanthropies, as well as former Daily Show host Jon Stewart, are backing the construction of the 9/11 Memorial Glade. If you’d also like to help, you can support the fundraising campaign of the Memorial Glade by donating to the 9/11 Memorial.
Where is the 9/11 Memorial Glade located?
The 9/11 Memorial Glade monument is located on Memorial Plaza, near the National September 11 Memorial Museum and the two Reflecting Pools at 180 Greenwich St. To get there, take subway line to WTC Cortlandt Street. You can also take the PATH to the World Trade Center (Oculus), or lines to Fulton Street Station. All of them drop you off in walking distance to Memorial Plaza.
Is the 9/11 Memorial Glade free to visit?
Yes! You will be able to go see the 9/11 Memorial Glade at no cost, as it will be located in a public space, just like the 9/11 Memorial Pools.
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