As Americans, we made a promise on September 11, 2001. We vowed never to forget. Ten years after those tragic events, large-scale, previously unpublished photographs of New York are unveiled at The Field Museum putting you in the middle of Ground Zero on that day and in the months following.
Ground Zero 360° exhibit creators Nicola McClean, an Irish photojournalist, and Paul McCormack, former commanding officer of the 41st precint of the New York City Police Department, convey the chaos, courage, and emotions of September 11 through photographs and pieces of the World Trade Center buildings. The families of police officer Brian McDonnell and fire lieutenant Paul Mitchell, who both lost their lives that day, have graciously donated personal objects reflecting the stories of the two brave men.
Reactions to the exhibit are very personal, but I encourage you to go with family and friends and find a moment to reflect together. The details of that day are vivid for most, and I found it therapeutic to talk about it. If anything, it renewed my pride in America and the goodness in people.
Terrorists attacks done by few cannot outweigh the heroism of our first responders and the men and women who continue to protect our great nation. And in respect of the victims’ families who continue to carry the burden every day, we must never forget.
Ground Zero 360° honors 9/11 victims and their families and commemorates the valor of New York City policemen, firefighters, ironworkers and other rescue workers who threw themselves into the recovery effort. The exhibit, which runs from September 2, 2011 – January 2, 2012, is free with paid general admission to The Field Museum.