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Written by Josh Dirkse   

ImageMemorials are defined as something designed to honor the memory of a person, persons, place or event.  Nearly five years after the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, Ground Zero has begun to become something a little bit more sacred.

On August 17th, ground was broken where the World Trade Center towers once stood, paving the way for an elaborate reconstruction of land that has stood undeterred.  The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation will oversee the construction of numerous buildings and the eventual memorial on 16 acres of land.

Launched in the spring of 2003, the LMDC promoted an international competition to find a suiting design for a memorial. Governor George Pataki chose architect Daniel Liebskind to plan the site which would set guidelines for contestants. In an immaculate showing, 5,201 designs were entered from 49 states and 63 countries. The designs were then sent before a jury compiled of architects and local dignitaries, which narrowed the designs down. 

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 September 2006 )