9/11 Memorial honors terrorism victims
It was 10 years ago that Americans held their collective breath and gazed in horror as terrorists attacked the nation, searing images of destruction into our history, but this fall, a memorial will add a spirit of renewal to these lasting memories.
The National September 11 Memorial will be dedicated at the World Trade Center site in New York City on Sept. 11 in a ceremony for victims’ families. Opening to the public the following day, the memorial is a tribute to the nearly 3,000 people who died in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center; near Shanksville, Pa.; and at the Pentagon. It also honors the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in 1993.
The memorial features two enormous waterfalls and reflecting pools, each about an acre in size, set within the footprints of the original twin towers and surrounded by hundreds of trees. The name of every person killed in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed along the edge of the pools. A museum will open at the site in fall 2012.
Advance visitor passes to the memorial are required. The free passes, available for a specific date and time, can be reserved at www.911memorial.org.
Motorists neglecting repairs, keeping cars longer because of poor economy
One in four American drivers could not pay for a car repair of $2,000 if faced with one today, according to a survey released by AAA, which also found that one in eight would be unable to pay for a repair bill of $1,000.
The sluggish economy is having far-reaching effects on the motoring public, the survey found. More than half of American drivers said they are holding onto their older vehicle because they do not want the financial burden of a new one. And one quarter of drivers admitted to neglecting repairs and maintenance on their vehicles in the past 12 months due to the economic climate, which AAA automotive experts say can greatly increase the likelihood of their car needing a costly, major repair.
AAA automotive experts explain that a $1,000 or higher repair bill can quickly appear–especially on older vehicles that have not been properly maintained. While repair costs can vary greatly by make and model, a transmission repair can be $2,000 to $4,000, while an engine repair can exceed $5,000. Major brake repairs may range from $350 to $1,000, and a new set of tires can run from $300 to more than $1,000.
To find a repair shop you can trust in AAA’s Approved Auto Repair program, visit AAA.com and click on the automotive section. Facilities that qualify for the program must meet stringent standards for customer service, cleanliness, equipment and training. Many also provide discounts to AAA members.