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.
-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
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.