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Sept. 11 museum dedication ceremony

  • People try to look through the windows of the National September 11 Memorial Museum during the museum's dedication in New York, on Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/EPA, Justin Lane, Pool)

    People try to look through the windows of the National September 11 Memorial Museum during the museum's dedication in New York, on Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/EPA, Justin Lane, Pool)

  • President Barack Obama speaks at the dedication ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum on Thursday, May 15, 2014 in New York. The museum opens to the public on May 21. (AP Photo/John Angelillo, Pool)

    President Barack Obama speaks at the dedication ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum on Thursday, May 15, 2014 in New York. The museum opens to the public on May 21. (AP Photo/John Angelillo, Pool)

  • Former New York Gov. George Pataki speaks as photos of 9/11 victims are projected, during the dedication ceremony in Foundation Hall, of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)

    Former New York Gov. George Pataki speaks as photos of 9/11 victims are projected, during the dedication ceremony in Foundation Hall, of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)

  • A photograph of New York Fire Department  Lt. Joseph Agnello is held during the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Record, Chris Pedota, Pool)

    A photograph of New York Fire Department Lt. Joseph Agnello is held during the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/The Record, Chris Pedota, Pool)

  • A twisted piece of steel from the World Trade Center sits in Foundation Hall before the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Chris Pedota, Pool)

    A twisted piece of steel from the World Trade Center sits in Foundation Hall before the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Chris Pedota, Pool)

  • The remains of Fire Dept. of New York Ladder Company 3's truck are displayed at the National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum, Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in New York. The museum is a monument to how the Sept. 11 terror attacks shaped history, from its heart-wrenching artifacts to the underground space that houses them amid the remnants of the fallen twin towers' foundations. It also reflects the complexity of crafting a public understanding of the terrorist attacks and reconceiving ground zero.  (AP Photo)

    The remains of Fire Dept. of New York Ladder Company 3's truck are displayed at the National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum, Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in New York. The museum is a monument to how the Sept. 11 terror attacks shaped history, from its heart-wrenching artifacts to the underground space that houses them amid the remnants of the fallen twin towers' foundations. It also reflects the complexity of crafting a public understanding of the terrorist attacks and reconceiving ground zero. (AP Photo)

  • President Barack Obama speaks at the dedication ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum on Thursday, May 15, 2014 in New York.  (AP Photo/John Angelillo, Pool)

    President Barack Obama speaks at the dedication ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum on Thursday, May 15, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/John Angelillo, Pool)

  • Visitors watch a screen projection of the dedication ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014.  (AP Photo/New York Daily News, James Keivom, Pool)

    Visitors watch a screen projection of the dedication ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/New York Daily News, James Keivom, Pool)

  • Visitors gather on the plaza of the National September 11 Memorial to watch a live video of President Barack Obama's speech during the dedication ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Daily News, James Keivom, Pool)

    Visitors gather on the plaza of the National September 11 Memorial to watch a live video of President Barack Obama's speech during the dedication ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/The Daily News, James Keivom, Pool)

  • A woman places a hand on the names engraved along the South reflecting pool at the Ground Zero memorial site during the dedication ceremony of the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York on Thursday, May 15, 2014.  (AP Photo/Spencer Platt, Pool)

    A woman places a hand on the names engraved along the South reflecting pool at the Ground Zero memorial site during the dedication ceremony of the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York on Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Spencer Platt, Pool)

  • Recovery workers Manny Rodriguez, Pia Hofmann, Det. Anthony Favara and Lt. Stephen Butler speak during the dedication ceremony in Foundation Hall, of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)

    Recovery workers Manny Rodriguez, Pia Hofmann, Det. Anthony Favara and Lt. Stephen Butler speak during the dedication ceremony in Foundation Hall, of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)

  • A woman wipes away tears at the Ground Zero memorial site while watching the dedication ceremony of the National September 11 Memorial Museum at in New York on Thursday, May 15, 2014.  (AP Photo/Spencer Platt, Pool)

    A woman wipes away tears at the Ground Zero memorial site while watching the dedication ceremony of the National September 11 Memorial Museum at in New York on Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Spencer Platt, Pool)

  • A rose is placed on a name engraved along the South reflecting pool at the Ground Zero memorial site during the dedication ceremony of the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York on Thursday, May 15, 2014.  (AP Photo/Allan Tannenbaum, Pool)

    A rose is placed on a name engraved along the South reflecting pool at the Ground Zero memorial site during the dedication ceremony of the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York on Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Allan Tannenbaum, Pool)

  • Connie Dorner of Camarillo, Calif., cries as she stands at memorial plaza to view the program on a television monitor during the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Allan Tannenbaum, Pool)

    Connie Dorner of Camarillo, Calif., cries as she stands at memorial plaza to view the program on a television monitor during the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Allan Tannenbaum, Pool)

  • First responders from the FDNY and Port Authority exit the stage during the Dedication Ceremony of the National September 11 Memorial Museum in the museum's Foundation Hall on Thursday, May 15, 2014 in New York.  (AP Photo/Newsday, Charles Eckert, Pool)

    First responders from the FDNY and Port Authority exit the stage during the Dedication Ceremony of the National September 11 Memorial Museum in the museum's Foundation Hall on Thursday, May 15, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Newsday, Charles Eckert, Pool)

  • From left, Former U.S. President Bill Clinton sits with his wife former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former New York Governor George Pataki and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani during the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, Thursday,  May 15, 2014.  (AP Photo/Mike Segar, Pool)

    From left, Former U.S. President Bill Clinton sits with his wife former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former New York Governor George Pataki and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani during the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Segar, Pool)

  • Two people embrace while gathered on the plaza of the National September 11 Memorial to watch the telecast of the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York on Thursday, May 15, 2014.  (AP Photo/Justin Lane, Pool)

    Two people embrace while gathered on the plaza of the National September 11 Memorial to watch the telecast of the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York on Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Justin Lane, Pool)

  • New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, left, and New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo talk at the dedication of the National September 11 Memorial Museum  in New York, May 15, 2014.  (AP Photo/Timothy A. Clary, Pool.)

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, left, and New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo talk at the dedication of the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Timothy A. Clary, Pool.)

  • Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, left, greets New York City firefighter Mickey Kross before his speech during the dedication ceremony in Foundation Hall, of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)

    Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, left, greets New York City firefighter Mickey Kross before his speech during the dedication ceremony in Foundation Hall, of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)

  • Workers on the plaza of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum stack sections of fencing removed from the venue's perimeter, in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014. The plaza is scheduled to open to the public Thursday evening. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Workers on the plaza of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum stack sections of fencing removed from the venue's perimeter, in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014. The plaza is scheduled to open to the public Thursday evening. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • People try to look through the windows of the National September 11 Memorial Museum during the museum's dedication in New York, on Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/EPA, Justin Lane, Pool)
  • President Barack Obama speaks at the dedication ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum on Thursday, May 15, 2014 in New York. The museum opens to the public on May 21. (AP Photo/John Angelillo, Pool)
  • Former New York Gov. George Pataki speaks as photos of 9/11 victims are projected, during the dedication ceremony in Foundation Hall, of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
  • A photograph of New York Fire Department  Lt. Joseph Agnello is held during the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Record, Chris Pedota, Pool)
  • A twisted piece of steel from the World Trade Center sits in Foundation Hall before the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Chris Pedota, Pool)
  • The remains of Fire Dept. of New York Ladder Company 3's truck are displayed at the National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum, Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in New York. The museum is a monument to how the Sept. 11 terror attacks shaped history, from its heart-wrenching artifacts to the underground space that houses them amid the remnants of the fallen twin towers' foundations. It also reflects the complexity of crafting a public understanding of the terrorist attacks and reconceiving ground zero.  (AP Photo)
  • President Barack Obama speaks at the dedication ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum on Thursday, May 15, 2014 in New York.  (AP Photo/John Angelillo, Pool)
  • Visitors watch a screen projection of the dedication ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014.  (AP Photo/New York Daily News, James Keivom, Pool)
  • Visitors gather on the plaza of the National September 11 Memorial to watch a live video of President Barack Obama's speech during the dedication ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Daily News, James Keivom, Pool)
  • A woman places a hand on the names engraved along the South reflecting pool at the Ground Zero memorial site during the dedication ceremony of the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York on Thursday, May 15, 2014.  (AP Photo/Spencer Platt, Pool)
  • Recovery workers Manny Rodriguez, Pia Hofmann, Det. Anthony Favara and Lt. Stephen Butler speak during the dedication ceremony in Foundation Hall, of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
  • A woman wipes away tears at the Ground Zero memorial site while watching the dedication ceremony of the National September 11 Memorial Museum at in New York on Thursday, May 15, 2014.  (AP Photo/Spencer Platt, Pool)
  • A rose is placed on a name engraved along the South reflecting pool at the Ground Zero memorial site during the dedication ceremony of the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York on Thursday, May 15, 2014.  (AP Photo/Allan Tannenbaum, Pool)
  • Connie Dorner of Camarillo, Calif., cries as she stands at memorial plaza to view the program on a television monitor during the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Allan Tannenbaum, Pool)
  • First responders from the FDNY and Port Authority exit the stage during the Dedication Ceremony of the National September 11 Memorial Museum in the museum's Foundation Hall on Thursday, May 15, 2014 in New York.  (AP Photo/Newsday, Charles Eckert, Pool)
  • From left, Former U.S. President Bill Clinton sits with his wife former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former New York Governor George Pataki and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani during the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, Thursday,  May 15, 2014.  (AP Photo/Mike Segar, Pool)
  • Two people embrace while gathered on the plaza of the National September 11 Memorial to watch the telecast of the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York on Thursday, May 15, 2014.  (AP Photo/Justin Lane, Pool)
  • New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, left, and New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo talk at the dedication of the National September 11 Memorial Museum  in New York, May 15, 2014.  (AP Photo/Timothy A. Clary, Pool.)
  • Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, left, greets New York City firefighter Mickey Kross before his speech during the dedication ceremony in Foundation Hall, of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
  • Workers on the plaza of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum stack sections of fencing removed from the venue's perimeter, in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014. The plaza is scheduled to open to the public Thursday evening. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Friends, relatives, rescue workers and survivors descended into the space where the World Trade Center once stood to explore artifacts of the 9/11 tragedy at the National September 11 Memorial Museum. In a poignant ceremony, President Obama dedicated the museum, saying it’s a symbol of America that says: “Nothing can ever break us.”

Many in the audience wiped away tears during the dedication ceremony, which revisited both the horror and the heroism of 9/11. Here is a selection of photos from the event.

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