On the 9/11 Memorial and Museum
by Jules Witcover
The new memorial and museum commemorating the worst attack on the continental
The complex at Ground Zero of that enormous tragedy recalls and honors the 3,000 Americans and others who perished, as well as the service of the thousands of selfless firefighters, police and other first responders who valiantly raced to rescue them at peril to their own lives.
Along with the new
The public was admitted to the National
Complaints also were voiced over a gift shop in the museum's bookstore, where trinkets such as miniature firefighters and commemorative scarves can be purchased. Protesters said it trivializes the memorial, although other national memorials have similar gift shops.
One is at
In any event, commercialism at
The value of the real estate in the heart of
Nevertheless, in the months after the attacks, an ideal way to honor the victims had already been conceived. Each night, two beams of light from where the
Most national memorials and museums celebrate the life of a national leader of great achievement --
This latest memorial complex is a tribute to heroic sacrifice in one of America's darkest hours, but it also is a permanent reminder of national vulnerability in a new world in which the vast oceans that long guarded America no longer ensure security.
There seems a certain irony, even as we honor all those who lost their lives, that in the process we inevitably memorialize that horrible event as well. What counts now, however, is what the survivors of
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