24K visitor passes distributed for 9/11 memorial

NEW YORK - (AP) -More than 24,000 visitor passes to the new Sept.11 memorial are gone - distributed Monday in just the first hoursafter the ticket website went live.

The online reservation system for the tickets was up at 9 a.m.,and 5,000 were secured for various dates in just the first hour ofoperation.

The quick response is "what we were hoping for - that peoplewould be interested in the site the public has not set foot in for10 years," Joe Daniels, president and CEO of the NationalSeptember 11 Memorial & Museum, told The Associated Press.

The memorial plaza opens to the public on Sept. 12, a day afterthe 10th anniversary.

Families of those who died in the terror attacks will havespecial reservations to the memorial that bears the names of 2,983victims, including those who died at the Pentagon in Washington andaboard United Flight 93 that went down in Shanksville, Pa., plussix who perished in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

The names are inscribed on massive, waterfall-graced reflectingpools ringed by hundreds of white oak trees.

Sept. 11 memorial tickets available online

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