LOWER MANHATTAN (WABC) -- A new addition to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum was dedicated Thursday to all who are suffering or have died from exposure to toxins in the aftermath of 9/11.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke at the dedication of the 9/11 Memorial Glade, which includes a pathway flanked by six large stone monoliths ranging from 13 to 18 tons that are inlaid with World Trade Center steel.
The stones point skyward to symbolize strength and determination through adversity, and they were designed to look bruised but not broken to symbolize the strength of the human spirit.
The memorial pays tribute to the courage and selflessness of people who rushed to Ground Zero to help after the attacks, including police, firefighters, all the responders, and people from around the country.
It is located at Liberty and West Streets, just south of the reflecting pools.
The Glade design was developed by the Memorial's original architects, Michael Arad and Peter Walker.
The total construction cost for the project was $5 million, and former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart helped lead major fundraising efforts.
Thursday also marks the 17th anniversary of the end of rescue, recovery and relief efforts back in May of 2002.
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9/11 Memorial Glade dedicated to those sickened at Ground Zero