2013: Showkatara Sharif, of Chantilly, Va., stands next to the engraving of her daughter's name, Shakila Yasmin, at the edge of the North Pool at the 9/11 Memorial during memorial ceremonies for the twelfth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan.
2013: Victims' family members view names along the south reflecting pool at the 9/11 Memorial during ceremonies for the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan at the World Trade Center site.
September 11, 2015 marks the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 people.
Today, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum serves as a way to honor and remember those who were lost.
Fourteen Septembers after terrorists destroyed the nation’s greatest office complex and crippled its fourth-largest business district, the rebuilding of the World Trade Center and the revival of lower Manhattan continue – one office tenant, subway platform and sidewalk at a time.“This is not the end,’’ Catherine Mc Vay Hughes, chair of the community planning board, says of the recovery.
“But it’s the beginning of the end.’’Over the last 12 months, the troubled Trade Center building site has witnessed no major milestones, such as the dedication of the 9/11 Memorial (2011) or Museum (2013).
Instead, there’s been unspectacular, incremental, sometimes almost imperceptible progress.
On the day the One World Trade Center office tower finally opened for business, for example, there was no ceremony – not even a speech by a politician claiming credit.
As construction fences and barriers come down, and sidewalks, streets, underground passages and bike lanes open up, the Trade Center “is finally being knit back into the fabric of lower Manhattan,’’ says Hughes, who’s lived in the district for 27 years and raised two sons there.
From the first hours after the 9/11 attacks, Americans and New Yorkers were determined to rebuild quickly at Ground Zero.
But the task was impossibly complicated; the rail lines, utilities and foundations were an intricate 3-D puzzle; and a host of competing interests – including relatives of 9/11 victims – fought over the outcome, often to a standstill.
But since the last anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the first office workers have moved into One WTC, which at a symbolic 1,776 feet is the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building and the world’s third tallest.
The tower’s top-floors observatory and restaurants also opened to the public.