Thirteen years ago, thousands of people lost their lives as terrorists attacked the World Trade Center Twin Towers of New York City. The events of September 11, 2001 have shaped the United States in innumerable ways as millions of people lost their loved ones, and a whole country came together to mourn and support each other. The 9/11 Memorial Museum is dedicated to those who lost their lives and was unveiled on Thursday, May 15.


The opening ceremony was held in the museum’s Foundation Hall, seven stories below ground level. President Obama spoke at the ceremony of the resilience of the United States saying, “no act of terror can match the strength or the character of our country. Like the great wall and bedrock that embrace us today nothing can ever break us.” The ceremony was a somber event, with survivors and rescue workers sharing their stories of the tragic day and aftermath.


The museum itself has been a long-debated, controversial topic. How does one properly honor those that lost their lives? How does one respect the wishes of the all the families who lost someone that day? The makers of the museum have tried their best to make sure the museum does not offend anyone and keeps the integrity of both the families involved and the deceased. Although they have tried their best, some families angered by certain aspects of the museum picketed outside of the ceremony on Thursday.


The museum was built with the hopes that people will learn, reflect, and remember. The events of September 11 are not easy to look back at, but as a country, it is important for us to remember the impact the tragedy had on us all. Hopefully, the September 11 Memorial Museum will be a way for the lives of those lost to be properly honored, and a way for those there that day and for future generations to be reminded that even in the face of disaster and heartbreak, our spirits can never be destroyed.


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