NYC Sixth Anniversary Information for Families
The New York Governor and Mayor's offices have issued detailed information regarding the sixth anniversary remembrance services. Responders to the attack and recovery will read the names of those lost following a citywide moment of silence at 8:46am. The ceremony at Zuccotti Park will conclude at noon, but the site will remain open in the afternoon until approximately 3:30pm to allow time for everyone to visit the lower level. The Governor and Mayor's offices are working with the Port Authority to allow family members to safely descent the ramp in a single file stream that moves into a limited area below grade, where families will have an opportunity to lay flowers before returning to street level. Groups will not be allowed to assemble on site as in previous years. Click here for more detailed information.
National September 11 Memorial and Museum Invites Families and Survivors to Visit on Anniversary
The staff of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum invites families and survivors who will be in the downtown area on the upcoming anniversary to visit their offices at 1 Liberty Plaza on the 20th Floor, adjacent to the Family Room, between 8am and 5pm.
Two New Studies on Health Impact of 9/11
Rescue and recovery workers at ground zero have developed asthma at a rate that is twelve times the what would be expected, according to a report from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. According to the New York Times, the report says that of the nearly 26,000 workers surveyed in 2003 and 2004, 926 reported they developed asthma for the first time after working at the site. In normal conditions, no more than 77 new cases would have been expected in a group that size. Workers who arrived at ground zero on Sept. 11 had the highest risk of developing asthma.
New findings from the World Trade Center Health Registry show that thousands of WTC rescue and recovery workers were still suffering serious mental health effects three years after the attacks. One in eight likely had post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when they were interviewed in 2003 and 2004. PTSD rates were highest among unaffiliated volunteers (not working with organizations such as the Red Cross). For more information on the studies.
Do a Good Deed on the Anniversary
MyGoodDeed, an organization created in 2002 as a way to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11 and preserve the national spirit that existed after the attacks, is asking everyone to observe the anniversary as a national day of service. The organization urges people to perform just one good deed of any nature or an individual to help others in need. Then visit myGoodDeed.org to post your good deed pledge. To find out more, visit webpage.
Request for Speaker at September 11 Southern Indiana Event
The New Hope Baptist Church, located in Southern Indiana, has held a special September the 11th service annually. They are again holding a special service on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. With September 11th falling on a Tuesday this year, as it fell the day of the attacks, they wanted to do something we haven't been able to do in the past. They would like to invite a survivor or someone who lost a family member to be a part of the service, and they will cover the expenses of the trip. Please call 812 866-5695 if you or someone you know could join them.
Reporter seeks Staten Island Residents Affected by 9/11
A reporter at the Staten Island Advance newspaper is writing a story about Staten Island residents who have a story about the relationship they formed with one another because of 9/11. For example, widows who became friends because of their common loss, children who bonded over losing a parent, a widow and widower who formed a romantic relationship, family members who reconciled realizing a fight wasn't worth it or survivors who helped each other get through the trauma they felt that day. She is looking for the untold stories of the positive relationships that were formed from the tragedy. Her deadline is Tuesday September 4. If you have a story you would like to tell contact Andrea Boyarsky, tel. (718) 981-1234, ext. 2241
New Events Added to Calendar
Many great programs related to the anniversary of September 11th have been added to our e-Newsletter sidebar. You can find more detailed listings on our Calendar page.
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