Nearly 13 years have passed since Sept. 11, 2001, but the horrific events of that day remain seared into the nation’s psyche. The 9/11 terrorist attacks drastically altered the landscape of American life, leaving an impact on everything from foreign policy to airport security. The attacks cast a shadow that has hardly faded since that devastating morning.
A new museum located beneath Ground Zero will help to bring some closure. The National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum, dedicated Thursday by President Obama, presents a vivid retrospective through photographs, sound clips, and physical artifacts.
When the museum opens its doors to the public May 21, it will mark an important step for American society. Slowly but surely, 9/11 has become a piece of history, and the museum represents that progress. For those too young to remember the attacks — a group that includes many of this year’s high school graduates — the relics are poignant reminders. And for those who remember 9/11 as if it were yesterday, this memorial may provide some needed perspective. The grief of that day is no longer omnipresent in public life, and although the events of that day won’t — and shouldn’t — be forgotten, the museum is a concrete testament to how far the country has come.