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Remembering 9/11 in the year of COVID-19

Just as all aspects of our lives were impacted by the pandemic so was this 19th year after 9/11. Ground Zero was shut down to visitors, there was a huge controversy over whether the Tribute in Light was to be set up or the reading of the names occur, and the Greek Orthodox Church on the site that was being rebuilt had its progress halted.

 

Tribute in Light and Reading of Names were to be cancelled

 

Down to the wire in August a horrible controversy arose over two important aspects of remembering 9/11: Was the Tribute in Light to be set up this year, were there going to be any reading of names? Both of these memorial events are of great importance to those who experienced 9/11 in 2001, especially to the individuals who lost loved ones. This controversy arose where the health concerns surrounding the pandemic intersected with the desires of individuals to honor those lost, “to never forget”.

This August, the September 11 Memorial & Museum said it wouldn't install the Tribute in Light this year due to concerns surrounding the pandemic. The decision sparked outrage. Alice Greenwald, the head of the 9/11 Museum & Memorial justified the decision, saying “Trying to figure out, in a time of pandemic, how we would be able to produce the Tribute in Lights safely was really a priority consideration…the real answer is that we were getting repeated expressions of concern from the expert technical production team that puts this magnificent work of art together each and every year.” It takes 40 workers to ensure all 88, 7,000-watt xenon light bulbs, are installed properly and then light up.

NY’s Governor Coumo jumped in pledging the state would provide health and safety personnel and supervision to ensure the team working on the tribute follows best practices during the pandemic. "The virus has taken so much and so many. But now the tribute will continue," Gov. Cuomo wrote on Twitter. His announcement came one day after The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, a non-profit honoring military and first responders, stepped in saying they would create a Tribute in Light. On assurance from Governor Coumo, Ms. Greenwald said the 9/11 Museum & Memorial will indeed proceed with the installation this year.

 

As to the reading of names ceremony being canceled, the museum decided that on Sept. 11 it would feature pre-recorded audio of family members reading the names of loved ones, instead of the live readings, plus limit attendance at Ground Zero. However, pandemic concerns did not deter the Tunnel to Towers Foundation from planning to feature live readings in a separate, simultaneous event a short walk from the Ground Zero memorial at the corner of Liberty and Church streets, next to Zuccotti Park — where the victims’ names were read aloud before the ceremony was moved to the 9/11 memorial in 2014.

Ground Zero Memorial Waterfalls shut off

From the start, the Covid-19 pandemic also impacted Ground Zero. When Governor Coumo announced a shut down of all businesses and stay at home orders with no public gatherings allowed, the memorial and the museum had to close on March 13. The water flowing into the pools were turned off except for maintenance and the area was roped off to keep people away from the panels of names listing those lost in the attacks. On July 4th, Ground Zero was reopened to the public and the waterfalls turned on. This was only the second time in its 9 year history that Ground Zero and the Memorial pools were shuttered. The first was before hurricane Sandy was to hit and then afterward as the entire memorial and Ground Zero was flooded.

Greek Orthodox Church resumes construction

 

For almost 20 years since the 9/11 terror attacks,  St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Lower Manhattan on the perimeter of Ground Zero, has tried to rebuild.

 

Named for the patron saint of sailors, the original St. Nicholas opened its doors on Cedar Street in 1916, quickly becoming the first stopping point for Greek immigrants after they left Ellis Island.

It served the community for 85 years, retaining a quaint, old-world charm as skyscrapers rose around it.

When the South Tower of the World Trade Center came crashing down on New York’s darkest day, it took St. Nicholas with it. Rebuilding began but efforts unfolded in fits and starts, hamstrung by numerous issues.

By January 2020, the church sat half-finished,and untouched for two years with the coffers bare. Then, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and PA head Rick Cotton met with Archbishop Elpidophoros, Father Alex Karloutsos and the leaders of The Friends of St. Nicholas — Psaros, Chairman Dennis Mehiel and vice-chairman John Catsimatidis — and resolved to get the project done.

 

After a massive fundraising drive that, in just 90 days, amassed the $45 million necessary to complete the project, with construction to resume in the Spring. Then the pandemic hit grounding all non-essential construction projects statewide to a halt for months. 

 

On Mon Aug 3 construction will finally resume with the goal of completion in 2021on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.