The last time Patrick Nassaney visited the World Trade Center site in New York was the fall of 2002, the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. A year after two planes struck the twin towers, killing nearly 3,000 people, ground zero was still a disaster site and debris field when Nassaney and other 9/11 families gathered to pay tribute to the victims 12 years ago.
â€śWe havenâ€™t returned since for a lot of reasons,â€ť says Nassaney, who lost his son, Shawn M. Nassaney, in the attacks. â€śWhen we were there it was a big crater. Now, itâ€™s hallowed grounds.â€ť
Nassaney and his wife Margaret will be among the 9/11 families who make the emotional journey back to New York next month for the opening of a long-awaited National September 11 Memorial Museum dedicated to the victims of the attacks.
The museum will open to the public on May 21, followed by a ceremony and six-day dedication period during which the museum will be open around the clock for 9/11 family members, rescue and recovery workers, and others directly affected by the 2001 attacks.
Full story can be found on page A1 of Sunday's Call.