In 2011 I visited the 9/11 Memorial with my family. According to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum website, this park and museum “is the country‚Äôs principal institution concerned with exploring 9/11, documenting its impact, and examining its continuing significance.” This museum is dedicated to honoring those who were killed in the 2001 and 1993 attacks.

When I visited the museum I was with my parents and my older brother. It was an immensely emotional experience. I grew up in southern New Jersey and was only eight years old at the time of the 9/11 attacks.

Every year on the anniversary of 9/11, the families of victims gather for a ceremony on the 9/11 Memorial plaza to read aloud the names of the 2,983 men, women, and children killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. They also read out loud the victims in the February 26, 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. During this ceremony, “six moments of silence mark the times when each of the World Trade Center towers was struck, when each tower fell, and the times corresponding to the attack at the Pentagon, and the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.”

You can see the photos from my visit below.

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