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Ten-Year Time-Lapse Photography of the 9/11 Memorial [VIDEO]

Yesterday the National September 11 Memorial and Museum was opened with a dedication ceremony at the site where the World Trade Center towers were attacked in 2001.  Family members of the victims, survivors, first responders, community members, and elected officials including President Obama gathered to honor those who lost their lives that day.

But even though the somber ceremony brought many sad memories back to the forefront of our minds, the day was also a celebration of America’s resilience and determination to rebuild and remain strong.  In this spirit, Earthcam.net  has released the amazing 2½ minute video below which shows the construction of this memorial including that of the two pools which mark the spots where the Twin Towers once stood.



From Earthcam.net:

“EarthCam’s megapixel construction cameras captured progress of the 110,000-square-foot exhibit and the HD images are being used for time-lapse photography and historic record.  From October 2004 to May 2014, millions of photos of the jobsite were archived and EarthCam’s on-site producers edited the footage into a commemorative two and a half minute time-lapse movie.  Also visible in the time-lapse is the ‘Survivor Tree,’ which was discovered and nurtured after the September 11 attacks and is a living reminder of strength and resilience.

“‘Dedicating the past 13 years to providing technology to create this time-lapse is our way of honoring the victims of 9/11,’ said Brian Cury, EarthCam CEO & Founder.  ‘I hope it serves as a way to recognize that for the ten years of construction, there was constant progress made to rebuild these important 16 acres of America.’”

The museum will be open during its first week for family, survivors, and first responders only.  It will open to the general public on May 21.


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