Family members make emotional visit to 9/11 memorial

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Posted: Sep 11, 2011 12:49 PM
Source: Associated Press

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NEW YORK- Relatives of those who died on 9/11 have now been able to see the permanent memorial to the victims at the site of the World Trade Center.

Dennis Baxter and hundreds of others saw it today for the first time, as the tree-covered memorial plaza was opened to them. Baxter, whose brother died in the south tower, says it's "real inspirational to come here after all these years and finally see his name." He says he touched the letters, etched in bronze in the low wall surrounding the enormous fountain and reflecting pool where the tower once stood.

Many visitors today left flowers. Others stuck small flags in the recesses created by each letter, or made paper rubbings of the names.

Other simply stood and wept, amid the sound of the roaring waterfalls in the two fountains.

The memorial includes the name of all 2,977 who died on 9/11 in New York, at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania, and the six who died in the bombing of the trade center in 1993.

Mary Dwyer of Brooklyn says it was moving to finally be able to stand in the place where her sister died. She said, "it's the closest I'll ever get to her again."

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