The Meaning Behind the Arrangement of the 9/11 Memorial Names

Located on eight acres of the 16-acre World Trade Center complex, the 9/11 Memorial is a place of remembrance and contemplation within the bustle of lower Manhattan. The design features twin waterfall pools surrounded by bronze parapets that list the names of the victims of the 9/11 attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The pools are set within a plaza where more than 400 white oak trees grow. The Memorial opened on September 11, 2011, 10 years after the 9/11 attacks. The names of the 2,983 people who were killed in the 2001 and 1993 terrorist attacks are inscribed on the bronze parapets edge the memorial pools. The names of the victims are arranged by “meaningful adjacencies” — where they were at the time of their death and what personal relationships they shared with other victims. Friends and colleagues appear together, as well as the crews of each of the four flights and first responder agencies and units.