Francis X. Clines New York Times
Closure is a clumsy description for the aftermath of 9/11. But there’s a certain sense of completion at ground zero now that the new skyscraper replacing the fallen towers is open to the flow of tourists. They look out, far out, from the observatory that tops 1 World Trade Center and offers 360-degree views of a recovered city and suburbs.
“See Forever” is the upbeat motto of this new perch. It starts 100 stories above the earth, where, far down, there are fewer scars from 9/11 to be seen.
The children happily taking selfies were not alive when the twin towers were brought down by terrorists. The awful past recedes fast to the splendid horizon. You have to stand tight against a window and look straight down to spot the memorial pools that outline the fallen towers’ footprints. They are matte gray reference points for the parent trying to catch a youngster up on distant history.
This focus on the future is understandable. But it is also the reason dozens of New York firefighters anxiously packed a congressional hearing last month as witnesses to the very real scars that remain for thousands of 9/11 first responders and volunteers. These were the people who were eventually struck by long-term illnesses from weeks and months of labor in the pile of destruction, including more than 3,200 who are now cancer patients. Read More