At first glance — and even after deep scrutiny — the names on a new memorial to those killed on September 11, 2001, seem randomly arrayed. The names are not arranged alphabetically nor, for the most part, are they presented in labeled groups. But the memorial's layout is anything but random.
The 2,983 names etched across bronze panels surrounding two memorial pools of water, one north and one south — are strung together in a way that reflects thousands of complex interpersonal relationships forged before the attacks and, on at least one occasion, during the immediate aftermath."
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