For many of us, the horrific events of September 11, 2001, will forever be etched onto our hearts and minds. None of us can forget the way we felt as we watched the Twin Towers fall, the mighty Pentagon in smoldering ruin, or the burnt stretch of land in Pennsylvania where United Airlines Flight 93 went down. And yet, out of the rubble and dust of this tragedy, the American people emerged as a stronger, more united nation.
Americans all across our country continue to express their sorrow, and strive to make sure we, as a nation, never forget what happened. Many people make the pilgrimage to Ground Zero in New York City to pay homage and to reflect on the heroes who gave their lives that day. The centerpiece of Lower Manhattan Development Corporation‘s effort is the creation of a permanent memorial at the World Trade Center site.
In April 2003, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMCD) launched what became the largest design competition in history. Across six continents, from 63 nations and 49 states, 5,201 individuals answered the call to honor all who were killed in the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001 and February 26, 1993. For over four months, a distinguished 13-member jury reviewed every one of the 5,201submissions.
On November 19, 2003 the LMDC revealed eight finalists in a public presentation and exhibition at the World Financial Center Winter Garden. On January 6, 2004 the jury announced the winning memorial design, Reflecting Absence by architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker, which was unveiled the following week. Beginning in March 2002, LMDC helped establish and finance the interim World Trade Center memorial in historic Battery Park that incorporates the Sphere by Fritz Koenig, which once stood in the World Trade Center Plaza.
The LMDC also worked with the Port Authority to create a public viewing wall around the site‘s perimeter, which lists the name of every victim lost on September 11th and the history of the site.