RYE BROOK, N.Y. – A group of Blind Brook High School seniors plan to visit the National September 11 Memorial Museum when it opens to the public on Wednesday, May 21.
A dedication ceremony was held Thursday for survivors, families and rescuers. President. Barack Obama, who visited Westchester Tuesday to promote more infrastructure spending, spoke at the event.
Will Saunders, who is the editor-in-chief of the Blind Brook High School newspaper, said he has been to the memorial site and has been following the progress of the memorial museum. His friend Justin Gray, also a senior who works on the school paper, said he’s looking forward to visiting it.
“I definitely think it’s something that we should all see, that honors the memory of those we lost that day,” said Ann Marie Gray, of Rye.
John Bruno, a Norwalk resident who works in Rye, said he didn’t know anyone directly who died in the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. But, he said the museum may help those who did lose loved ones feel closer to them.
“It’s nice to have a memorial for something like that,” he said.
There is 110,000 square feet of exhibition space in the museum. All the victims from the 2001 attack and the 1993 bombing are memorialized in the museum, which also includes multimedia displays, archives, narratives and a collection of monumental and authentic artifacts.
“The monumental artifacts of the Museum provide a link to the events of 9/11, while presenting intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning, and recovery that are central to telling the story of the attacks and the aftermath,” according to the 9/11 Memorial website.
Tickets are $24 for adults, $18 for seniors, veterans and college students, and $15 for kids between the ages of 7 and 17. Kids 6 years old or younger are admitted for free, along with 9/11 family members, rescue and recovery workers and museum members.
Like most, Jody Brackman is happy the museum is opening. But, the former four-year Rye Brook trustee, who now lives in Mamaroneck, said it took too long.