Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Visit to Ground Zero

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I am in New York this week for a conference; I was honored to be an invited speaker on FAA maintenance policy. The group organized a guided tour with the NY Port Authority. They provided busses and a police escort across Manhattan to World Trade Center (WTC) site, now called Ground Zero. We visited the museum across the street dedicated to the memory of all those who were lost on 9/11. It was an emotional trip, there were many tears. Twisted steel from the fallen WTC, FDNY uniforms, films, and interactive displays. Our guide was a former FDNY fireman and was in the first tower when it collapsed. He said the Verizon building, pictured above, next to the WTC is responsible for saving his life. It was built in the 1930's and it took the brunt of much of the falling debris. He was buried but able to dig himself out. Two other members of FDNY that were with him were not so lucky.

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FDNY uniform pulled from the rubble.

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Drawing posted inside the museum.


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