Monday, July 25, 2011

World Trade Center cross moved to permanent home at 9/11 Memorial Museum - 24th July 2011

A cross-shaped steel beam found amid the wreckage in the days following the September 11 terrorist attack has been lowered 70 feet down into the bowels of where the twin towers once stood to become part of the exhibit at the National September 11th Memorial and Museum.

The two-ton, 20-foot-high T-beam, which has now become a religious relic, was taken from its temporary post near the oldest Roman Catholic parish in New York City, St Peter's,

It was a symbol of hope for many working on rescue and recovery there, so much so that the construction worker who discovered it believes he stumbled on to a miracle.

'I saw Calvary in the midst of all the wreckage, the disaster,' Frank Silecchia recalled. 'It was a sign... that God didn't desert us.'

But for all the religious fervour surrounding the cross, it will become part of the museum because of its history at ground zero, not because of its Christian symbolism, said Joe Daniels, president of the memorial foundation.

'It's powerful because it provided comfort to so many people - it is a part of the history of the space,' Daniels explained.

He said steel girders made into other makeshift crosses, Stars of David and possibly some Eastern religious symbols would also become part of the museum, which will open in 2012 and will be primarily underground at the site. The memorial will open this year, on the 10th anniversary of the attack.

'It's important to have these artifacts that reflect the history, to remember, to see how people coped,' he said. Read More