Visitor Information for the 9/11 Memorial

Good morning! Louise, New York Guest’s Executive Manager of Community Sales & Marketing here with an important reminder about planning ahead for your upcoming trip to NYC. As I’m sure everyone knows, this fall marks the 10 year anniversary of a very dark day in our beautiful city’s history, and this September we will officially open the Memorial to the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

What is the 9/11 Memorial?

The 9/11 Memorial is a tribute to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror  attacks of September 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in  Pennsylvania, near the town of Shanksville, and in the attack on the World Trade  Center on February 26, 1993. The Memorial will be open for the first time and dedicated in a private ceremony for the victims’ families. The first day the memorial is open to the public will be September 12th. The accompanying museum will open on September 11th, 2012.

The Memorial consists of two reflecting pools set in the footprints of where the Twin Towers stood. The names of the victims are engraved along the perimeter of the pools in memorium. The pools are surrounded by a stunning plaza which will eventually contain over 400 oak trees. I know it will be a peaceful place to reflect on a sad time in our history but also be hopeful for the future.

Visiting the Memorial

The memorial is free to visit but you must make an advanced timed reservation. The area is still heavily under construction and there is a need to avoid over-crowding. Passes must be reserved under the name of the person visiting and passes are non-transferrable, meaning that last minute passes will not be available. If you wish to visit the memorial you must make a reservation.

If you are interested in visiting the Memorial on your trip to New York City it is important that you make your reservation well in advance of your trip or there is a good chance you will not be able to see the Memorial. Especially for the first few months, every New Yorker and visitor alike will be anxious to pay their respects.

For reservations for individual passes or group visits, please e-mail me lgeller@newyorkguest.com with the dates of your visit and the times you have available to visit the Memorial and I’ll advise on availability.

Since your visit is timed, I highly suggest that you make a day of it and enjoy all the rich culture and history that is available in Downtown Manhattan. It is an incredible and underappreciated part of the city. I’ll be happy to assist with other recommendations of things to do while you’re downtown. Downtown Manhattan has come so far since that terrible day and while we owe the site the respect owed to all hallowed ground, we should also celebrate the bright future of our wonderful city, a city that can face so much and still be (I’m not biased at all) the greatest city on Earth. Now more than ever – We Love New York!

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