This post was originally published on the National Museum of American History’s “O Say Can You See?” blog. Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of weekly blog posts exploring the 10th anniversary of September 11. Learn about the museum’s commemoration plans.
Construction image of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Photo by Joel Woolhead.
A unique forum took place last night at the National Building Museum. “The Public Memory of September 11” offered engaging and often riveting presentations on designing and building the three major memorials to the people who died in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., in the tragic attacks on September 11, 2001. The panel for the forum included Alice Greenwald, Executive Vice President for Programs at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum; Jeff Reinbold, Site Manager for the Flight 93 National Memorial; and Jim Laychak, President of the Pentagon Memorial Fund. As the 10th anniversary of that dramatic day approaches, I thought it was important to bring together, for the first time, the people who have provided leadership in creating these memorials. They more than fulfilled my expectations.