9/11 Exhibit Honors First Responders

The museum hopes to teach new generations about 9/11.


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The Ground Zero 360 exhibit features dozens of images from 9/11, including these missing persons posters.


For those alive on 9/11, the memory is forever etched in their minds. But how do we explain the events to children who weren’t around?

The Holocaust Museum hopes to help. It’s unveiling a unique exhibit called “Ground Zero 360: Never Forget.” The series features dozens of photographs, including a panoramic view of ground zero. It also includes never-before-heard audio of emergency radio calls.

Paul McCormack is a retired New York Police Department officer who was part of the rescue effort on 9/11. His wife, Nicola McLean, is a photographer who was also on the scene that day. She captured the chaos, as well as the brave acts of police and firefighters.

For ten years, the couple worked to create an art exhibit to honor those affected by the terrorist attack.

“They can come here, and they can touch a piece of the steel from the World Trade Center,” McCormack said. “They can touch some ground from the North Tower. They can see the images, the missing posters. No matter where we go, it’s important that we never forget.”

James Smith is a retired NYPD officer. His wife Moira was the only female officer on the force killed on 9/11. Smith donated her personal belongings for the exhibit.

“The hope is that it helps people heal, but at the same time educates them,” Smith said. “The emergency workers and others who responded, that spirit, that American spirit of helping your neighbor, it’s still out there. Sometimes it’s hidden, but it’s still out there.”

The exhibit is on display until January 2015. The museum is offering free admission for first responders and their families on September 20 and 21. 

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