Iron Worker Recounts Recovery at Ground Zero
In recognition of the anniversary of the formal end of the recovery effort at Ground Zero, below is an oral history recounted by an iron worker who participated in those efforts.
Today, One World Observatory opens its doors to the world. The beautiful One World Trade Center has helped reclaim the skyline of New York City and now, for years to come, millions of visitors will be a part of seeing the unmatched vistas that it offers.
In the weeks, months, and years that followed September 11, 2001, we’ve watched as dedicated individuals like the heroic rescue and recovery workers in the aftermath, followed by so many from the construction and engineering trades, as well as those from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, came together to make this place whole once again.
Last May, the 9/11 Memorial Museum opened, and for the first time, as staff and visitors descended the grand staircase into the Museum, they looked up and were greeted with an incredible parallel of the twin tridents from the North Tower juxtaposed against the beautiful new tower—a view that is both a reflection of memory and resiliency, as well as rebirth.
On behalf of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, I want to offer my heartfelt congratulations to Legends’ CEO David Checketts for his vision and the tremendous team at One World Observatory. The rebuilding at the World Trade Center continues to drive a powerful and ongoing revitalization of downtown. We are so happy to welcome One World Observatory to the area.
By Joe Daniels, President & CEO 9/11 Memorial Museum