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As the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on our homeland looms, we are reminded of the nearly 3,000 people who gave their lives on that horrific day, and the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site has honored those lives in a special way.
The names of all those killed in the 9/11 attacks, as well as the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, are engraved in bronze on parapets lining the two square pools where the Twin Towers once stood. But instead of listing the victims’ names in alphabetical order, the designers arranged them based on where they were and who they were with when they died, according to the memorial’s website.
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Michael Arad, the memorial’s designer, explained that the concept “allows us to place the names of those who died that day next to each other in a meaningful way, marking the names of family and friends together, as they had lived and died.”
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The names were arranged within three levels of “meaningful adjacencies,” the website explained. Those levels reflect where victims were when the attacks occurred, their affiliations (e.g., companies or groups attending a conference together), and their personal relationships.
In addition, the names of those who were on board the hijacked flights — American Airlines Flight 11, United Airlines Flight 175, American Airlines Flight 77, and United Airlines Flight 93 — were grouped together.
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The memorial foundation carefully determined where each name should be located, and, in doing so, collected more than 1,200 requests from victims’ families and friends to have names placed next to...
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