9/11 Widow Praises WTC Progress: ‘My Michael is home finally’Aug 25, 2011
When Monica Iken Murphy looks out over the Sept. 11 Memorial, she feels like her husband, Michael Murphy, has found peace.
“My Michael is home finally,” Iken Murphy, 41, who helped with the memorial’s creation, said Wednesday during a tour of the World Trade Center site. “They’re all home.”
The construction site’s developer, Silverstein Properties, along with Iken Murphy showcased the progress at Ground Zero as the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks nears.
“Today, for the first time since 9/11, every part of the new World Trade Center is under construction,” developer Larry Silverstein said.
The memorial, which consists of two pools in the footprints of the twin towers, will open on Sept. 11 to families of victims.
Each pool has 30-foot waterfalls on all sides, and the names of the 2,983 victims in the 9/11 and 1993 attacks are inscribed in bronze on surrounding walls.The memorial will open to the public on Sept. 12, but reservations are needed because of ongoing construction. The adjoining museum is scheduled to open on Sept. 11, 2012, Silverstein said.Crews have completed the foundation on World Trade Center 2 and 3, and the buildings have risen to street level from about 80 feet below ground.
One World Trade Center has climbed to 80 floors, while 4 World Trade Center has reached 48 floors out of 72, officials said.”I expect these buildings to be impregnable,” Silverstein said when asked if the new structures could withstand an earthquake.World Trade Center Memorial designer Michael Arad said he hoped the memorial, which is surrounded by 400 oak trees, would serve as a place New Yorkers could come together.
“This is a scar, and it’s a scar that is healing,” Arad said. “It’s not a scar we’re going to hide. It’s just part of day-to-day life in the city.”Murphy, whose husband’s remains were never found, said the memorial was worth a 10-year wait.”This is his final resting place,” Iken Murphy said. “When I come here, I feel him.”