9/11 memorial plaza in NYC opens to public

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Visitors are entering New York City's 9/11 memorial for the first time as the site at ground zero opened its doors to the public.

The first visitors passed through metal detectors Monday morning and started making their way to the huge square fountains at the center of the 8-acre memorial plaza. Bronze plates around the fountains feature the names of the 2,977 people killed in the Sept. 11 attacks, as well as the six who died in the bombing of the trade center in 1993.

Visitors have to register for tickets online. Some 7,000 people had tickets to visit Monday. About 400,000 have registered to visit during the coming months.

Families of victims had been able to visit the memorial Sunday, but Monday was the first time the public was allowed in.