Sept. 11 victims’ loved ones marked the 13th anniversary of the attacks today at ground zero with the reading of names, moments of silence and serene music that have become tradition.
At a morning ceremony on the memorial plaza, relatives recited the names of the nearly 3,000 people who died when hijacked jets crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pa., as well as the 1993 trade center bombing victims’ names.
Joanne Barbara, whose husband of 30 years Gerard Barbara, was a FDNY captain who died, urged all to feel for not only the lost but “those who continue to suffer from the aftermath.”
“May God bless America, and may we never, never forget,” she said.
For the first time, the National September 11 Museum, which includes gut-wrenching artifacts and graphic photos of the attacks, is open on the anniversary.
Fences around the memorial plaza have come down, integrating the site more fully with the streets of Manhattan while completely opening it up to the public and camera-wielding tourists.
And finally, a nearly completed One World Trade Center has risen 1,776 feet above ground zero and will be filled with office workers by this date in 2015, another sign that a page in the city’s history may be turning.