President Barack Obama has dedicated the National September 11 Memorial Museum on a rainy day in Lower Manhattan, declaring ‘those that we lost live in us.’
Obama toured the museum earlier in the day with Hillary Clinton and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
‘I think all who come here will find it to be a profound and moving experience,’ he declared, calling it ‘a sacred place of healing and hope.’
‘It’s an honor to join in your memories, to recall and to reflect, but above all to reaffirm the true spirit of 9/11 – love, compassion, sacrifice – and to enshrine it forever in the heart of our nation,” he told an audience of victims’ relatives, survivors, and rescuers at the ground zero museum’s dedication ceremony,’ Obama said.
‘Like the great wall and bedrock that embrace us today, nothing can ever break us. Nothing can change who we are as Americans.’
September 11 survivors, rescuers and victims’ relatives were on hand to mark the opening of the museum, where the story of the terrorist attacks is told on a scale as big as the twin towers’ columns and as intimate as victims’ last voicemails.
It opens to the general public May 21.
After viewing some of the exhibits, including a mangled fire truck and a memorial wall with photos of victims, the president recounted the story of Welles Crowther, a 24-year-old World Trade Center worker and former volunteer firefighter who became known as ‘the man in the red bandanna’ after he led other workers to safety from the trade center’s stricken south tower. He died in the tower’s collapse.
SOURCE: Associated Press
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