9/11 museum captures the horror and humanity

Source: newsday.com

Handmade missing posters of September 11th victims are on display on the National September 11 Memorial Museum. The museum will be dedicated on May 15, 2014, and will open on May 21, 2014. (Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt)

Handmade missing posters of September 11th victims are on display on the National September 11 Memorial Museum. The museum will be dedicated on May 15, 2014, and will open on May 21, 2014. (Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt)

The National September 11 Memorial Museum that President Barack Obama dedicated Thursday on the World Trade Center site succeeds brilliantly at an impossible task.

It serves as a solemn resting place — in bedrock roughly seven stories below ground — for the unidentified remains of those who died in the 2001 attack on the Twin Towers.

It commemorates the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center — a little-appreciated precursor to the 9/11 attacks — that claimed six lives.

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But perhaps most ambitiously, the museum sets out to create a fact-based narrative of the 9/11 attacks — an event that murdered almost 3,000 people in New York City alone and created shock waves that reverberate still.

The museum seeks to chronicle the past with eye to an uncertain and potentially volatile future.

The attacks that struck America on Sept. 11, 2001, are part of an ongoing struggle between Islamic radicals and the modern world that can only be …read more at newsday.com

Categories: 911, Americas, Islam, United States

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