Five Thought-Provoking 9/11 Reads
It's been 13 years since Sept. 11, 2001 and there are still troves of stories to be told.
It's been 13 years since Sept. 11, 2001 and there are still troves of stories to be told. The ceremonies may remain the same, but the site has changed — today, One World Trade stands tall beside the Tribute in Light and the 9/11 Museum has officially opened. To mark this year's anniversary, we've gathered five thought-provoking must-reads from around the web:
"A 9/11 Shrine Where Families Mourned for Years, Now Open to Others," The New York Times: An office space at 1 Liberty Plaza is known as the Family Room, a sanctuary transformed into a shrine for those who needed to grieve their loved ones. The Times delves into the storytelling displayed in the Room, and how it connects the families to the site and the day — perhaps better than any memorial built since — as it opens as an exhibition at the New York State Museum in Albany.
"Evolving a Sept. 11 Charity," The Wall Street Journal: When two-thirds of Howard Lutnick's staff at financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald, the chairman and chief executive vowed to take care of the victims' families. The one who largely carried out his mission was his sister Edie Lutnick, who's profiled in this piece. For 13 years, she has ran the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, giving away more than $270 million since 2001. She looks ahead to what's next.
"For Sept. 11, a sail to remember his father," Boston Globe: In a series of tweets, Globe editor David Filipov tells the story of his father, who had been on American Airlines Flight 11, and how he taught him and his brothers how to sail. Filipov shares images and snapshots of his father's notes, along with a harrowing story of a day at sea decades ago.
"Another September 11 Without a Dad," The Atlantic: Our sister publication featured a personal essay by Ellen S. Bakalian, whose husband was killed on Sept. 11. She reflects on how she and her daughters mourn every year, and how they deal with public perception of the day, especially as her daughters turn 12 and 13. In particular, she highlights several memories where her husband's absence weights on her, like when her daughter's lacrosse team decided to wear men's shirts. For most families, it meant asking Dad for some help. For her family, it meant digging through boxes that had not been opened for years. It's a raw must-read.
Ari Fleischer's Twitter: It's not a story by a publication, but it's absolutely worth reading. Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, who had accompanied then-POTUS George W. Bush on Sept. 11, has been recapping the day on his account, tweeting images, memories, and quotes. They're almost "live" tweets, but even if the timing doesn't quite match every event on that day, his insight is invaluable and gives a fresh take from Bush's perspective.