Sixteen Years Ago, The New Yorker Published 'Local Heroes'
In the months following the 9/11 attacks, feelings of gratitude and admiration for the tireless first responders were palpable across the country.
A moment of silence was observed and tokens of remembrance were left at the Survivor Tree as more than 300 people gathered on the 9/11 Memorial Plaza Wednesday afternoon to pay tribute to the eight people killed in a terror attack in lower Manhattan on Monday.
The murmur of the South Tower reflecting pool was all that could be heard as a contingent of NYPD counterterrorism officers and representatives of the FDNY joined 9/11 Memorial staff, assembled New Yorkers and visitors to the Memorial in lowering their heads and observing a moment of quiet reflection in honor of the lives lost and people injured in an attack just a few blocks north of the World Trade Center site.
National September 11 Memorial & Museum President and CEO Alice Greenwald then lead a procession of people who left flowers at the Survivor Tree and tied red, white and blue ribbons to its surrounding gate.
Following the tribute, community members and visitors were invited to create thank you cards for responders, teachers and other helpers. Those cards can be given to the individuals themselves or be given to 9/11 Memorial & Museum staff to deliver to local precincts and security.
By 9/11 Memorial Staff