Updated 04/08/2010 02:57 PM
Officials Unveil 9/11 Memorial Details
Rebuilding officials Thursday released images of future exhibitions for the museum at the September 11th Memorial and released more details about the project being built at the World Trade Center site.
The memorial is set to open on September 11, 2011 – the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
A year later, the museum telling the story of that day is scheduled to open. The story will be told through those who witnessed and responded to the attacks.
Memorial and museum officials presented a preview at a meeting of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, where the LMDC approved $2.3 million in funding for museum exhibitions.
"With the approval of these funds today, it's really giving us a chance to interact with the millions of visitors who are going to come here each year and have them tell their story of 9/11 and have that in the museum itself," explained September 11th Museum President Joe Daniels.
Among the features of the museum will be recreations of the makeshift memorials that cropped up throughout the city in the hours, days and weeks after the incident.
The eight-month cleanup at the site will be portrayed through pictures of rescue workers projected onto large remnants of steel from the Twin Towers.
In addition, there will be an audio gallery entitled "Where Were You on 9/11," which will feature recordings from people across the globe saying what they were doing when they heard about the attacks.
"[September 11th] was a moment of shared witness," said September 11th Museum Director Alice Greenwald. "We believe a third of the world's population actually witnessed the events transpire on 9/11 virtually in real time over the course of the day as the news reports repeated throughout the day and the evening. That's an extraordinary amount of the world seeing the same thing at the same time. So this was a moment when the world truly came together in the midst of a catastrophic event."
The museum is also working to collect recorded memories from friends and relatives of each of the nearly 3,000 innocent people who died in the attacks.