September 9, 2011

Two Mainers get firsthand perspective

Women with ties to Winthrop – a filmmaker and a theater director – are shaken as they witness the tragic events in Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001.

By Susan McMillan
Staff Writer

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Work continues on the National September 11 Memorial And Museum at the site of the World Trade Center in New York.

The memorial designed by Michael Arad features cascading waterfalls in the footprints of the towers surrounded by bronze parapets bearing the names of the victims of the terrorist attacks.

The memorial opens to family members today and to the general public Monday.

A total of 2,983 names will be listed on the memorial. That figures includes: 2,753 people in New York (including three later deaths from respiratory disease linked to illnesses caused by the towers' collapse; 40 people in Pennsylvania; 184 people at the Pentagon; and six people who died in the 1983 World Trade Center truck bombing.

The museum housing thousands of artifacts from the attacks will open in 2012.

Two office buildings at the World Trade Center site are also rising rapidly. The building formerly known as the Freedom Tower, now called 1 World Trade Center, is up to 80 stories on the northwest corner of the site. A second building to the east is up to 48 stories. Both are scheduled to open in 2013.

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"You could see the smoke really clearly, this long trail of smoke trailing out toward the ocean over the Verrazano bridge," she said. When the towers collapsed, "it looked like all of Manhattan was engulfed in this deadly ash."

Dennett, 40, graduated from Winthrop High School in 1988 and has lived in New York City since 1992. She said the city is resilient and always changing, and it certainly is a different place than it was before the attacks -- people still get scared when they see low-flying planes or lots of helicopters.

Dennett admits to complicated emotions surrounding reflections on the attacks. The beams of light that sometimes shine in place of the towers are beautiful but sad, she said.

"It's beautiful, the lights are beautiful, but it's not easy to remember, and I would rather forget," she said. "But I guess it's important to remember."

The continued uncertainty about what will be built at ground zero is symbolic to Henry.

"That's the part where I don't think New York has been able to heal," she said. "If they were able to build a memorial and come to terms with what that memorial was, that would show that we've been able to heal, in my opinion."

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