Paying tribute to our first responders: Our heroes

Posted Friday, October 28th, 2016. Filed Under Voices of wisdom

I returned from NYC, New York on Monday. It has been a couple of years since I was there. I love NYC! I am an east coast lover. Usually when I go down I shop, see theatre, find great restaurants and just walk the city. This year my best friend came down with me and we decided to take the 9/11 memorial tour. She booked on line and she booked the 911 Tribute Centre tour.

When we arrived at the new memorial museum that just opened in honour of 9/11, Ground Zero, we were told that we were in the wrong place and that we needed to go around the corned to the fire station where the 911 Tribute Memorial tour was happening. We were a little confused and found out that the tour we booked and the corresponding museum was set up by the first responders, their families and people directly connected with 9/11 rescue and recovery. The guides are people who either participated or directly linked to 9/11.

I was intrigued but my girl friend was less so, she wanted to see the new museum. We walked through the museum on our own and it was very moving. To see pictures of loved ones on the wall, wondering if the families would ever see them again, is a feeling I can’t even imagine. It gave me a glimpse into how families felt after world wars when entire countries were torn apart, let alone the those lost in the Holocaust. Our tour began at 2pm and we got in line. They asked where each of the attendees were from. There were people from all over the world and even a couple from NYC. The tour guide said she was pleased there were so many people especially from NY to learn what happened in their own backyard.

We began the tour at the side of the firehall’s building. There was a tribute wall in bronze donated by a law firm to pay respect to the 370+ (something like that) firefighters who died in 9/11. The law firm was also paying respect to one of their own who was a volunteer firefighter


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