Twelve years have passed since that fateful day we, as a nation, watched acts of terror in our own country. The attacks on September 11th changed our collective paradigm on what it means to be an American. In the Spring of 2014, the new National Sept 11 Memorial Museum will open an provide a place for us to learn, to mourn and to remember the events of that day.
Consider this fact:
By the time this museum opens its doors next year, virtually no one under the age of 17 will have a first hand memory of September 11th, 2001. For almost a quarter of the population 9/11 will not be a searing memory, it will be, well, something to learn about in a museum. - Joe Daniels, President, 9-11 Memorial and Museum
We often start by remembering where we were on that day, what we were doing and how we felt. For this generation, it's not a memory but perhaps a story they may have been told.
How do we honor the memory of those victims? How do we summarize the events of that day?
The CBS show, "60 Minutes," re-aired a piece made in April which covers the issues, discussions, and people involved in creating the new National Sept 11 Memorial Museum. Alice Greenwald, Director of the Museum, brings her experience having directed the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. The space itself is likely to inspire a feeling of awe, a cathedral-like reverence as you descend seven stories underground into the Museum, located on the actual site of the original World Trade Center.
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Someday, I may take my children to this place. For now, they know that their uncle and grandpa were lucky enough to survive and even help as the world we once knew came crumbling down.
What have you told your children about the events of September 11th?