The National September Eleventh Memorial at the World Trade Center site is just two months away from opening, and starting today, visitors can start reserving timed passes over the Internet to see the memorial.
The memorial opens to the public on September 12th, a day after events for victims' families marking the ten year anniversary of the attack.
Millions of visitors are expected in the first year of operation, which includes a museum. Construction will continue at the WTC site, so a temporary timed reservation system will be used. The reservation system, used by other institutions with similar, limited capacities like the Statue of Liberty and the Washington Monument, will help reduce potential wait times and ensure as many people as possible are able to visit.
The memorial includes the names of the nearly 3,000 victims of the September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 terrorist attacks, inscribed on bronze panels lining the two pools. Waterfalls will cascade down all four sides of each pool, creating a special place for remembrance and reflection. The surrounding plaza will be filled with oak trees and what's become knows as the Survivor Tree, a callery pear tree, which was nursed back to health after surviving the 9/11 attacks.
Visitors must reserve advance passes for a specific date and time. Passes are free and will be available through the 9/11 Memorial's reservation system. Once a pass has been reserved, it should be printed and presented upon arrival.