June 3, 2014

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We Were There

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The 9/11 Tribute Center, an official partner of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, presents the weekly public program “We Were There.” In the half-hour program, Tribute Center guides share their personal stories, bringing their poignant, first-person experiences…


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The 9/11 Tribute Center, an official partner of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, presents the weekly public program “We Were There.” In the half-hour program, Tribute Center guides share their personal stories, bringing their poignant, first-person experiences to museum visitors.

Each week, two stories are paired to share different personal perspectives of the events of 9/11. Some are stories of 9/11 family members, survivors, rescue and recovery workers or local residents. A Tribute Center moderator, (also a volunteer guide) sets the historic context for each of the stories and connects them to artifacts and issues that the visitors may experience in the museum.

The short stories transform history from something abstract and distant to something that is close to each listener’s experience. A survivor shares their experience descending the staircase to safety; a firefighter that lost all of the men in his company shares his healing process; a 9/11 family member reveals their disbelief when their father does not return home; a first responder describes the challenge of working on the burning pile focused entirely on finding lost friends; the shock of a brother disappearing in the aftermath, and the power of healing when a community comes together is experienced in many of these stories.

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