Someone famous died in 9 11
New York: Travel back in time
September 11, 2001 - a trauma for the citizens of New York City, especially the fire department. Around 3,000 people were killed in the attacks, 2,759 victims in Manhattan alone. Including 343 firefighters from the Fire Department New York (FDNY). Soon after the attacks, however, the residents learned to deal with the consequences of the attack and to come to terms with it. Those who visit the city have many opportunities to review the events of 9/11 and to commemorate the victims.
“Look here,” said the teacher in January 2009 as she and her elementary school class were walking through the then - and now closed - Museum of the New York Police Department. "In this room the items from September 11th are on display." A girl asks research: “Which September 11th? Last year?" “No”, the teacher replies, visibly irritated, “September 11, 2001.” Unimpressed, the girl asks back: "What was there?"
The little incident impressively proves that the New Yorkers have to struggle for their promise "We´ll never forget" - "We will never forget" - already eight years after the attacks. At least for the next generation.
Nine-Eleven (the American date of the attack) is still present in most people's minds. Especially in down-town Manhattan, memorial plaques or diagrams commemorate the attack and its victims in many places. The central National September 11 Memorial and Museum is located on what was once Ground Zero. Here two large basins with copper borders are worked into the ground where the two collapsed tumes stood. The names of the victims are immortalized in the border.
The subject was even dealt with in Madame Tussaud's wax museum not far from Times Square. The famous scene of three firefighters hoisting the American flag on the rubble was recreated here in wax.
Interview of the Südwest Presse with firefighter Tony Tricarico
Memorial plaque on the fire station 10/10
At the nearby Firehouse 10/10 (corner of Liberty and Greenwich Street) a large bronze plaque commemorates the victims of the Fire Department New York (FDNY). The guard - the closest to the World Trade Center - had six casualties. The gates of the engine and ladder are also striking - a large US flag shows the patriotism that is deeply rooted here.
In the nearby Liberty Park is the work of art "The Sphere" - a kind of globe. The monument by the German artist Fritz König was located on the ground between the twin towers and was badly damaged by the falling debris. It is one of the largest pieces that remain of the World Trade Center. Until the memorial was built, the work was temporarily located at Battery Park.
Oppressive exhibition in the fire department museum
The official museum of the New York Fire Department is located in a former fire station - and here, too, two separate rooms are dedicated to the attack and its consequences. The centerpiece is a memorial surrounded by flowers and candles in the middle of a room. Photos of all the firefighters killed can be seen around two stylized, “missing” twin towers. On top of it lies a specially made helmet that bears the number of victims 343. A piece of the destroyed ladder (turntable ladder) 4 hangs on a wall, including numerous large-format pictures of all phases of September 11th - always related to the fire service.
Photos and videos - including news and live reports - can be viewed on screens. Anyone who is intensively involved with the exhibition thinks that they will experience September 11th a second time. In this way, the visitor gets a feeling for what affects the New York comrades today.
From the point of view of a firefighter, the exhibits on display create a very special feeling of anxiety - items that were sifted out of the rubble at the Fresh Kills construction waste dump: for example helmets, a radio, a beam tube, an articulated lamp - all in use in the towers. Some of the equipment could be assigned to the comrades. And even a piece of one of the two crashed planes is in a showcase.
It is hardly surprising that a handkerchief box is offered to visitors in addition to the condolence book displayed - for some, the concentrated memory is simply too much. As for the two men - obviously firefighters - who visited the museum on a Sunday in January 2009. At the sight of the memorial one of the two immediately turned around and said in a sad voice: "I'm sorry, I just can't go in there!"
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