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Mission to Remember: Caring for the Memorial Pools

This documentary series explores the shared commitment to the mission behind the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. From showing how the memorial creates new traditions of tribute, to demonstrating unique conservation techniques, the short films go beyond the surface to immerse viewers in untold stories of honor and remembrance.

AIRED: September 10, 2019 | 0:01:21

-We're standing in the south pool of the 9/11 Memorial.

From this point to the surface, it's 30 feet.

Behind me is the lower void.

The lower void is another 10 feet down

to the bottom of the pool.

The reflecting pool is cleaned on a 5-night-a-week schedule.

Three men enter the pool each night with a vacuum system

and brushes.

It takes about eight hours for them

to walk around the entire inside of the pool

to get the bottom clean and brushed

so it's acceptable for people to see in the morning.

After the men finish a total cleaning from lower void

to main floor,

they come to the top of the pool,

and they brush the surface.

I think it's so important that the family members

have a beautiful place to reflect,

a place to be comfortable, that they can call their own.

And knowing that I'm one of the people that maintains

this beautiful place to the highest level he possibly can,

it's just the greatest feeling in the world.

It's a great honor to be here.



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