Journeys of the Questress - WTC
The Year of the Heroes of 9/11
The Way it Was - 1
The Way it Was - 2
Sept 19 - When Tomorrow Never Comes
Sept 27 - Oral Interpretation
Oct 5 - A Mile of Tears - Part 1
Oct 5 - A Mile of Tears - Part 2
Oct 5 - A Mile of Tears - Part 3
Oct 11 - Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
Oct 28 - Each Day I Search the Rubble
Nov 12 - When Spires Fall
Nov 19 - 911 The Rape of America
Dec 14 - Just A Thought
Dec 18 - A Sense of Place
Feb 2 - Final Pass to the End Zone
March 3 - Sitting on the Edge
March 14- Do You Still Remember
March 20 - Virtual Walk-Through
March 25 - When Will It End - Part 1
March 25 - When Will It End - Part 2
April 1 - Towers of Light
May 14 - View From Above
May 30 - Tunnel At the End of the Light
May 31 - Seventeen Hundred
Aug 9 - From the Margins Erased
Aug 30 - The Train Doesn't Stop There Anymore
Sept 9 - Ceremonies of Light and Dark
Sept 10 - Just An Anniversary
Sept 12 - September Holds Great Promise
Literary Reflections
Rebirth and Resurrection
The Winter Garden Springs To Life
The Winter Garden Springs To Life - con't
Underpass to the Past
Rebuilding Ground Zero
Under Hallowed Ground
What Will Fill the Void?
I Submit a Design
Footprints in the Dust
My Memorial Design Submission
My Memorial Design - Drawings
New Path Train Station
Path Station Tour
May We Never Forget
That Which Surives
War Without End
4th Anniversary
Footprints in the Dust
I Miss 9/11
Time Comes Between Us
A Thousand Cranes
Fear Factor
Love Letters On The Wall
Empty Chairs
Sitting on the Edge of Forever
Walking the Perimeter of Emptiness
A Counting of Days
For Friends Absent But Not Forgotten
The Memory Keeper's Promise
Unbreak My Heart
Standing On The Edge Of Forever
Both Sides Now
A Memory In Time
The Gravity of Loss
The Survivors Rise Up
Flowers Will Bloom
The Fire Within Us
The Sentinel
Stronger Than The Storm
Between the Candle and the Stars
A Journey Through Remembrance
Canticle of Remembrance
Beyond the Crucible of Chaos
Journey Through Remembrance project
What See We Now
Forever In Our Hearts
Keeping the Flame Alive
The Rebuilding of Ground Zero continues
Does Anyone Care Anymore?
Where Is Our Story Teller of Pain
At Memory's Edge
Dust Thou Art and to Dust Thou Shalt Return
Heroes Never Die
The Flame Inside Our Hearts
The Year of the Heroes of 9/11
Déjà Vu
Remembering 9/11 in the year of COVID-19
Coronavirus Decimates Ailing Sept. 11 Responders
Touching From a Distance
That Which Survives 20 years later
2021 - 20 years later
Memories of Terror Return
Putin's Name Covered Over On Teardrop Memorial
The 9/11 Tribute Museum Closes
When Memories Fade Away
St. Nicholas at Ground Z is rebuilt
The Blue Wall of the Unidentified Victims
When Time Calls Your Name
When Art Gets It All Wrong
9/11 victims that America wants to forget


The Year of the Heroes of 9/11

Finally this year, the first responders who died on 9/11 and in the ensuing years, along with those who died from the effects of living near Ground Zero, have their own memorial. They are honored in the “Memorial Glade” a part of New York’s 9/11 Memorial.


Also this year the survivors, not only the individuals who worked the pile but also the Lower Manhattan residents who inhaled the toxic smoke, had to fight for and finally won the renewing of the Victim’s Compensation fund.


The Memorial Glade - A Tribute to courage

This new portion of the monument is heavy with symbolism. It’s near where the ramp used in the rescue-and-recovery effort once stood at Ground Zero, and it consists of six massive granite monoliths inlaid with salvaged steel from the Twin Towers. They point skyward along a path and are intended to represent strength and determination through adversity. 

Hewn by craftsmen in Vermont, the granite monoliths’ jagged shapes call attention to the largely hidden health struggles of those whose lives were changed — or later ended — by the attacks.

"This is an area of the 9/11 Memorial that is being created to recognize and honor everyone who is now,18 years after the attack, are still living with the consequences of 9/11 -- day in and day out," to quote Alice Greenwald, president and CEO of the memorial and museum. 

Designed by Michael Arad and Peter Walker, the two behind the original memorial’s design. In his design statement, Arad described the stone elements as implying a “firmness, stability, and faithfulness through adversity, pointing skyward, referencing how the recovery cleared the way for rebuilding and renewal.” An inscription on a marker commemorates “those whose actions in our time of need led to their injury, sickness and death.” And how their “perseverance and courage renewed the spirit of a grieving city, gave hope to the nation and inspired the world.”

Victim Compensation Fund – Fight and victory

Many have since become belated victims of the attacks, facing conditions such as respiratory complaints, rare cancers and mental-health disorders. Thousands of responders have died of illnesses related to their work on and after 9/11, and tens of thousands more, including Lower Manhattan residents, are being treated for illnesses caused by the toxins they inhaled.

Meanwhile, those affected continue to fight for compensation for the costs of treatment. One of their champions, comedian Jon Stewart, helped lead fundraising efforts for the memorial.

The workers have been the subject of an enduring political fight for financial support. There has also been substantial, and at times bitter, disagreement over just how strong a role the poisonous cloud of dust and fumes breathed in by firefighters, police officers and aid workers has played in their health problems. As of April, more than 22,000 claims to the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund had been deemed credible, most filed by rescue, recovery and cleanup workers, according to data published by the fund.

This year comedian Jon Stewart testified before Congress, pleading for the fund to be renewed. He was joined by Luis Alvarez, a former New York City police detective, who died just weeks after his testimony. Fortunately, in July Congress saw it in their hearts to pass the bill to renew it through 2092.