1 million visit NYC's Sept. 11 memorial, fountains

December 28, 2011 - 8:35 PM
Sept 11 Memorial

FILE- In this Sept. 12, 2011 file photo, visitors to the National September 11 Memorial in New York, make etchings of some of the names inscribed in the plaques near the reflecting pool wall. Officials at the Memorial say they plan to announce on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, that the site has had 1 million visitors since opening to the public this year. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Officials at the Sept. 11 Memorial in New York City say they plan to announce Thursday that the site has had 1 million visitors since opening to the public this year.

The memorial plaza and its two huge fountains now draw about 10,000 visitors each day to ground zero, even as construction continues on the rebuilt World Trade Center.

Visitors are required to get free passes in advance. No more than 1,500 people are allowed on the lower Manhattan site at a time.

The memorial opened on Sept. 12 after its dedication on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.