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REMEMBERING 9/11: STUNNING Photos Of The Brand New National September 11th Memorial Released

Stunning photos of "Reflecting Absence", part of the National Sept. 11th Memorial, have been released.  And it's truly a work of art.  Come inside to see the first pics of the memorial before it opens to the public tomorrow, the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

As TheYBF.com remembers the 9/11 attacks during this 10-year-anniversary weekend, spectacular photos of The National September 11th Memorial have been revealed.  The memorial has been the center of much political and social controversy over the years.  But it's safe to say, the work of art constructed in downtown NYC, on the site of where the World Trade Center's twin towers formerly stood, is a beautiful sentiment at its core.

"Reflecting Absence" was designed by Daniel Libesking and features two reflecting pools at the base of where the twin towers once stood.

And along the outer perimeters of the waterfall are the names of the nearly 3,000 men, women, and children that were killed on the site during the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 including the persons who died aboard United Airlines Flight 93 and aboard American Airlines Flight 77.

Another stunning photo, taken at night, shows the beautiful skyline that will be created when the reflecting pools are illuminated.  And the Freedom Tower, still under construction, will be lit up red, white, and blue in rememberance, and stands next to the reflecting pools:

 

If you have a particular experience about being in NYC during 9/11, TheYBF.com wants to hear from you. Email your 9/11 memories to Ashley@TheYBF.com and we'll post it up tomorrow in honor of the 10-year-anniversary.

 

Photos via Getty Images

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First I would like to breifly

First I would like to breifly introduce myself, my name is Jennifer I live in Chattanooga TN. I am a mother of 5 beautiful children and a wife to a wonderful husband, I could go on and on about all of the important people in my life like my parents siblings and such but the point of my comment is I thank God that I can wake up every day and say "man! Its good to be alive! "Despite the everyday pains of life. Every life lost on that day will be forever remembered....by myself and my family....my husband and I don't hide the ugly face of 9/11 from our children and really...why should we.....its real life....all of my children including my youngest daughter ( age 8) have seen news footage of the tragic events of 9/11 we do our best to show our children how fragile life really is. Some people may think its taboo but not acknowledging these people who lost there lives is ludicrous. They too were mothers, wives, daughters, fathers, sons and husbands they meant something to someone! They mean something to me and I don't even know them. I find comfort in knowing that one day I will be able to visit NYC to pay my RESPECTS to all of those people that never left those buildings that day. May GOD BLESS those families that lost so much! I also celebrate this day because its my recently deceased grandfathers birthday....Happy Birthday Pawpaw! I will wrap my arms around your neck again, soon enough, keep an eye out up there for me and my family!
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First I would like to breifly

First I would like to breifly introduce myself, my name is Jennifer I live in Chattanooga TN. I am a mother of 5 beautiful children and a wife to a wonderful husband, I could go on and on about all of the important people in my life like my parents siblings and such but the point of my comment is I thank God that I can wake up every day and say "man! Its good to be alive! "Despite the everyday pains of life. Every life lost on that day will be forever remembered....by myself and my family....my husband and I don't hide the ugly face of 9/11 from our children and really...why should we.....its real life....all of my children including my youngest daughter ( age 8) have seen news footage of the tragic events of 9/11 we do our best to show our children how fragile life really is. Some people may think its taboo but not acknowledging these people who lost there lives is ludicrous. They too were mothers, wives, daughters, fathers, sons and husbands they meant something to someone! They mean something to me and I don't even know them. I find comfort in knowing that one day I will be able to visit NYC to pay my RESPECTS to all of those people that never left those buildings that day. May GOD BLESS those families that lost so much! I also celebrate this day because its my recently deceased grandfathers birthday....Happy Birthday Pawpaw! I will wrap my arms around your neck again, soon enough, keep an eye out up there for me and my family!
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hi everyone, i am a 30 year

hi everyone, i am a 30 year old woman living in the caribbean, Antigua to be exact. I was home watching the television when i saw the breaking news scrolling across the tele. I immediately turned to CNN and continued watching CNN for days after. I was really in shock. I was crying. I felt extremely sad for the people of America and I'm watching CNN right now recounting events of that day. I can never forget that day.
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when i remember September 11,

when i remember September 11, 2001, there is a great sadness that comes over me. i was in brooklyn, on my way to manhattan. i was a freelance artist at the time, so THANK GOD, i did not have to go to a 9-5 that day. i stopped at the bodega a little after 8am to get a metro card. the owner told me, "i don't think you're gonna be able to get into manhattan. a plane just hit the world trade center." he pointed at a 13" tv behind me to look at the footage playing of the a plane hitting one of the towers, which i later learned was the first tower to fall. i stood in shock, but it still didn't register. i told him to have a good day & i left, still on my journey into manhattan. i got on the A train, but by the time i got to High St Bklyn Bridge station, the train operator told everyone that it was the last stop & everyone had to get off, because no trains were going into manhattan. i immediately got off, because i knew what happened, and as i was exiting the train i turned behind me to see if others were leaving. only a few of us got off. the others were on the train like it was a normal signal issue that was causing the delay. as i was coming out of the station i had this unusual feeling of anxiety and fear. when i walked out, there was a car with the passenger door open & radio loud enough for passers by to hear the news channel. it was mayhem and that was the first day i realized (after being in NY for 2 years) that you could see the world trade towers very well from the Bklyn Bridge. when i looked at the bridge and saw people walking...and running...across covered in white ash, then i looked at the 2nd tower and was only able to see it standing for a few seconds before it collapsed before my eyes. it sounded like Niagra Falls. my mouthed dropped open and i cried and looked up to the sky and said, "what is going on?! why is this happening?" a woman came around the fence, walking fast & crying hysterically. i just stood there, scared to move. i tried to use my cell phone to call my mother & i knew she must have been just as hysterical as me and the woman that passed me. my phone didn't have a signal so i walked until i found a pay phone and the line was around the block. i walked to a school and went in and found pay phones. there was no line. i called my mom and when she heard my voice, she screamed, "THANK YOU JESUS!!!" and just cried. we both cried. i was so scared and was praying that wouldn't be the last time i spoke to her. i was traumatized for months. i still get so sad when i hear the #'s, 9/11. that day represented so much for me, and millions of others. but i must say that i felt every emotion. fear, joy, pain and anger. anger because i had to walk from downtown Bklyn to BedStuy (Stuyvesant Hts), which took me an hour. i know that was not long compared to many others who did not live in Bklyn, but Jersey, Queens, or Staten Island. some people did not get home for several hours. i THANK GOD that i did not make it to manhattan that day...that, even though i was not working on a project that day, or working a 9-5, i was still running behind schedule. my heart goes out to the families and friends who lost loved ones that day. i pray that those who perished that day are at peace. live life to the fullest...forgive those who have hurt you...live for today because tomorrow is not promised. Brooklyn Girl from San Francisco
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Thank you for sharing your

Thank you for sharing your story! You are truly BLESSED!
Anonymous's picture

9/11 is my birthday. i was 14

9/11 is my birthday. i was 14 when this happened and tomorrow i turn 24. I live in nyc.. My prayers go out to those who lost loved ones. If my mom hadnt returned to the caribbean a couple months before 9/11 she would of been in there when the tours fell.
Anonymous's picture

i was actually upstate in

i was actually upstate in college at the time. I remember walking into my dorm apartment and seeing the towers blowing up thinking wow what an interesting movie...one of my roommates who was japanese kept saying, New York City, New York City...i didn't understand what she was referring to, but i kept saying yes i kno its new york city, thats where im from..lol...and she continued to tell me about buildings blowing up..the next thing i realize is wut is playing on the television is live news coverage of the WTC blowing up and burning ppl jumping out of the window...i couldn't believe it..i tried to call my family but i couldn't get thru 2 them for 2 weeks...finally when i spoke to my mother she said that she had been in the area that day when it happened...she had on a white suit and it turned black...a few weeks later when i got home for thanksgiving i could smell the smoke and debris in the air all the way and i am talking about in brooklyn...it was the craziest thing i had ever seen in my life...can't believe its been a decade! My mom lost a cpl of friends and we also lost a cpl of cuzzins in there...it was a disaster..
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I was in college, on my way

I was in college, on my way to volunteer. I stopped by my Biology professor's office first to ask him about something and he was just holed up in there on the phone. He was from New York. There was a sign on the door and I could here him really upset and crying in there. Grown man. It was SO awful. Me and friends watched tv for days. I remember all the pictures on the fences and people walking across the Brooklyn Bridge to get home. My friends and I had a really good friend from NYC who had come to visit us and returned home the day before. We were worried sick when we couldn't find him. He got a hold of us the next day and he sounded dazed as hell (real thug guy too). He was able to catch the last train to Brooklyn before they shut down the subway. He said he was running and a girl was running frantically up to people asking if they had a cell because BOTH of her parens worked in the towers. That still haunts him. I think it's easy for politicians from other parts of country to demonize New Yorkers and 'East Coast Liberals' and use catch phrases about the WTC and Twin Towers and all of the Americans who died because they're truly detatched from it. That really makes me angry, when they use this as a campaign slogan. The memorial is really beautiful and the idea is wonderful.
Anonymous's picture

I understand people who don't

I understand people who don't want to be reminded of this. It's like reminding someone every year of one of the worst days of their lives, even though it was worse for others. You have a right to turn off the TV and not relive the horror. Everyone is entitled to deal with this the best way they can. I live here in NYC and try to avoid all the media about it. I was stuck in the city because I couldn't get home and was scared to death the whole time. For weeks after, I could smell the horrible burning smell all the way in Queens. I try to avoid the area, but I happened to walk by there a few months ago without realizing it. I was having an intense discussion with my friend and I felt my stomach drop ( like I was on an elevator that dropped too fast ) and like I wanted to cry. This made no sense b/c we talking about happy stuff. It was the weirdest feeling that I stopped mid-sentence, held my stomach and said Girl, WTF. My friend was like what? I told her what I felt and she said "Well, on the other side of this fence is Ground Zero". Somehow, we had come up some back way or something. Ugh! That was it for me. I'm going to go back to making sure I avoid this area. :(
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i feel u on that...i really

i feel u on that...i really try not 2 watch all that shit either..after watching movies and remakes and specials about it after the 1st 5 years, that was it...now it is just getting depressing...i just told my mom and nanna 2day i don't understand how u both can keep watching this stuff...but they r making an especially big deal about it this year since it is the 10th anniversary and they are unveiling the memorial...
Anonymous's picture

this is so beautiful & i'm so

this is so beautiful & i'm so emotional...i had a personal experience on 9/11 and it was the scariest & most memorable day of my life.
Anonymous's picture

that is amazing .......

that is amazing ....... breathtakingly beautiful.
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This is breathtaking! Very

This is breathtaking! Very beautiful RIP 9/11 victims
Anonymous's picture

I was at the Duane Reades on

I was at the Duane Reades on Church st. attempting to get some show gel. I will never forget walking to the counter & realizing I was sitting in the middle of a cloud of debris. For 12 hours we stayed within that same Duane Reades...I popped all the excedrins I could stand & prepared for the worse... A horrible day to be from New York! But, stronger than ever after seeing what we saw exiting. I will forever thank God for my trials and tribulations because it could have been me.
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God has a MAJOR plan for you!

God has a MAJOR plan for you!
Anonymous's picture

Beautiful atmosphere!! R.I.P

Beautiful atmosphere!! R.I.P to the victims of 9/11...
Brina's picture

I love the reflections

I love the reflections absolutely beautiful. May the souls of those who lost their lives continue to R.I.H.
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Breathtaking! So

Breathtaking! So beautiful....
Melody's picture

stunning...i love the

stunning...i love the reflecting pool and the idea alone..i love the fact how it lights up and how the light just reflects like that..i would love to be there to see that with my own eyes.
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To Shy... You said you are

To Shy... You said you are tired of hearing about 9/11 & you'll be avoiding the news til Obama speaks, well I'm sick of Obama & I avoid him all the time... He's crap & has done nothing for this country but the people who died because of 9/11 did do something for this country in different ways.
Anonymous's picture

Shut up! What have you done

Shut up! What have you done for our country? Obama is doing the best that he can do considering the circumstance. If you were educated enough you would know that he can not do it by himself. How do you expect him to change the world when the republican have the majority of the house? What exactly are you doing.................? Dumb ass
Anonymous's picture

Y would u even take it there?

Y would u even take it there? Bringing up Obama as if he had something to do with 9/11??? It's Bushs fault! Don't put down a man who has obviously sacrificed his life, family and whatever else to try and get this country back where we need to be! He is human as well or did u forget that too!!?? I'm so sick of everyone blaming our president. He is doing everything in his power to get us back right. If that person wants to deal with 9/11 that way so be it! That day will forever be stoned in our heads, some were affected by it on a personal level, but we all were and still are affected. My heart is so saddened and pained every single time I read or see something about this day for the simple fact....it could have been me. It could have been my family, friends, my children. But it wasn't so the only respectful thing I can do is give everyone their freedom in dealing with this and mourning with them, whether if its through the tv, radio, whatever.....my heart goes out to everyone affected by 9/11...
Anonymous's picture

Y would u even take it there?

Y would u even take it there? Bringing up Obama as if he had something to do with 9/11??? It's Bushs fault! Don't put down a man who has obviously sacrificed his life, family and whatever else to try and get this country back where we need to be! He is human as well or did u forget that too!!?? I'm so sick of everyone blaming our president. He is doing everything in his power to get us back right. If that person wants to deal with 9/11 that way so be it! That day will forever be stoned in our heads, some were affected by it on a personal level, but we all were and still are affected. My heart is so saddened and pained every single time I read or see something about this day for the simple fact....it could have been me. It could have been my family, friends, my children. But it wasn't so the only respectful thing I can do is give everyone their freedom in dealing with this and mourning with them, whether if its through the tv, radio, whatever.....my heart goes out to everyone affected by 9/11...
Anonymous's picture

Y would u even take it there?

Y would u even take it there? Bringing up Obama as if he had something to do with 9/11??? It's Bushs fault! Don't put down a man who has obviously sacrificed his life, family and whatever else to try and get this country back where we need to be! He is human as well or did u forget that too!!?? I'm so sick of everyone blaming our president. He is doing everything in his power to get us back right. If that person wants to deal with 9/11 that way so be it! That day will forever be stoned in our heads, some were affected by it on a personal level, but we all were and still are affected. My heart is so saddened and pained every single time I read or see something about this day for the simple fact....it could have been me. It could have been my family, friends, my children. But it wasn't so the only respectful thing I can do is give everyone their freedom in dealing with this and mourning with them, whether if its through the tv, radio, whatever.....my heart goes out to everyone affected by 9/11...
Anonymous's picture

Y would u even take it there?

Y would u even take it there? Bringing up Obama as if he had something to do with 9/11??? It's Bushs fault! Don't put down a man who has obviously sacrificed his life, family and whatever else to try and get this country back where we need to be! He is human as well or did u forget that too!!?? I'm so sick of everyone blaming our president. He is doing everything in his power to get us back right. If that person wants to deal with 9/11 that way so be it! That day will forever be stoned in our heads, some were affected by it on a personal level, but we all were and still are affected. My heart is so saddened and pained every single time I read or see something about this day for the simple fact....it could have been me. It could have been my family, friends, my children. But it wasn't so the only respectful thing I can do is give everyone their freedom in dealing with this and mourning with them, whether if its through the tv, radio, whatever.....my heart goes out to everyone affected by 9/11...
Anonymous's picture

Your whole comment is

Your whole comment is irrelevant to the moment. We talking about lives lost and you talking politics?!!!??! Really? Go sit down.
Mz.T's picture

I was referring to the person

I was referring to the person who thought it was a good time to bring up Obama. I had to correct that person while also expressing myself and feelings for this day....naw I won't cuz my mouth has too much to say to the retards who have No respect for others and what they may feel or how they want and need to deal with this...y don't u go back and tell the person who I was referring to what ur saying to me cuz i got the wrong person here
Anonymous's picture

I was referring to the person

I was referring to the person who thought it was a good time to bring up Obama. I had to correct that person while also expressing myself and feelings for this day....naw I won't cuz my mouth has too much to say to the retards who have No respect for others and what they may feel or how they want and need to deal with this...y don't u go back and tell the person who I was referring to what ur saying to me cuz i got the wrong person here
Anonymous's picture

Naw sweetie I was correcting

Naw sweetie I was correcting whoever brought up 9/11 being the.presidents fault. I won't sit cuz I have much to say....I fully understand that its about lives...I just couldn't believe that person had the nerve to bring that up...maybe u should go back and see who I'm referring to....and tell that retard to sit down or go hide underneath a rock!
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Naw sweetie I was correcting

Naw sweetie I was correcting whoever brought up 9/11 being the.presidents fault. I won't sit cuz I have much to say....I fully understand that its about lives...I just couldn't believe that person had the nerve to bring that up...maybe u should go back and see who I'm referring to....and tell that retard to sit down or go hide underneath a rock!
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Naw sweetie I was correcting

Naw sweetie I was correcting whoever brought up 9/11 being the.presidents fault. I won't sit cuz I have much to say....I fully understand that its about lives...I just couldn't believe that person had the nerve to bring that up...maybe u should go back and see who I'm referring to....and tell that retard to sit down or go hide underneath a rock!
Anonymous's picture

Im in awe! This was

Im in awe! This was brilliantly done. RIP to the victims of 9/11.
Anonymous's picture

So beautiful... got me choked

So beautiful... got me choked up for a second there
Lydia's picture

BEAUTIFUL!! I love how the

BEAUTIFUL!! I love how the pools reflect at night!! Tears came out my eyes looking at these pictures. R.I.P. to the 9/11 victims thoughts and prayers to their families as well.
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Attending C.A.U university ,

Attending C.A.U university , when planes hit the towers i was able to watch the second plane hit tower 2. my mom was in the air at the time very scary for me. our university was shut down. That day black or white Mexican, Jewish. i felt we were all in this together. A tragedy made us one; only to let greed and politics keep us divided.
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We were right next door to

We were right next door to each other that day. I was in class at Spelman when the planes hit the tower. I remember walking out of class clueless to what had just happened. I saw a friend of mine from New York sitting on the steps, I said hi to her, she didn't respond, just a vacant blank look on her face. I thought to myself, I wonder what's wrong with her. Then I went back to my dorm and my roommate told me everything that happened. It was so much to take in. I just remember feeling numb. It really is a bit sickening to think how unified we were then to now being the most divided I've ever seen this country in my lifetime.
NekeT's picture

Beautiful... The only thing

Beautiful... The only thing that concerns me about this sacred memorial are idiots that would either jump into the pools (and really get hurt... not that I care if they get hurt) or throw trash in them. I think they should have put some type of cover over it... what about when it snows...
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well i was gettin ready for

well i was gettin ready for school i was about in the 9th grade and i was watching good morning america and i noticed a building was on fire in nyc and immediately i said "i hoped thats not those tall buildings" and sadly enough it was. then as i was in school the teacher had the tv on and they kept replaying the footage of how both planes crashed in the towers...and i didnt know what was goin on but i knew something wasnt right..
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I love the lights where the

I love the lights where the buildings used to be. That is remarkable.
Yas's picture

I was 12, in my civics class,

I was 12, in my civics class, walking in late from pe, when this tragedy struck. So sad. I still remember yo. Watching it on the screen in my civics class. That day made us hate arabs too, but we were young then. May the families find solace and RIP to those innocent ppl that lost their lives that day. I could just imagine if it was one of my own.
BlackBerry's picture

I agree as well...very

I agree as well...very surprised by the lack of commentary on this subject. The photos are so magnificent! I cannot wait to return to New York this fall to see the Memorial in person. I remember being a junior in high school when the events occurred. The year 2001 was probably the most surreal time of my adolescences. My prayers goes out to the families and communities affected by the tragic events of 9/11. God is so good because we are healing and moving on stronger everyday. To all the innocent souls who lost their lives on 9/11, Rest in Peace.
Ivy's picture

It's a beautiful tribute. As

It's a beautiful tribute. As a current and native New Yorker, it's comforting to have the memorial finished and know that, even with the construction of the new towers, that there is a remembrance of what happened there and of the lives that were lost on that day. If anyone ever goes to visit, don't forget to also visit the African Slave burial ground memorial, which is just a few blocks away.
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I got it on my list, thanks

I got it on my list, thanks for the information!
Ivy's picture

Beautiful!!!

Beautiful!!!
Anonymous's picture

May the families find comfort

May the families find comfort and those who parished RIP. I hope the truth comes out one day. I don't think we were told the whole truth.
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Move on? That's nice. You

Move on? That's nice. You must have not been in NY 10 years ago when people were walking through the streets covered in debris and dazed. You weren't walking on the streets of manhattan with the walls filled with thousands of photos. photos of those who lost their lives or were considered missing by hopeful families because their bodies were never found. I guess to some there is a sense of detachment because they weren't here to witness the unfathomable. America is not untouchable, and 9/11 was a painful reminder of just that.
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