Heartfelt 9/11 Museum Dedication
The heartfelt 9/11 museum dedication was both somber and joyous in New York City on May 15, 2014 opening with innocent children singing, “Somewhere”, from the musical West Side Story. With the dignity of those left behind and our leaders in government, led by President Barack Obama of the United States saying, “We can touch their names and hear their voices, glimpse the small items that speak to the beauty of their lives, a wedding ring, a dusty helmet, a shining badge.”
In a very moving part of the ceremony Alison Crowther shared how her son, Welles in a red bandana led group after group to safety before succumbing to his fate. The 24-year-old World Trade Center worker and volunteer firefighter’s red bandana is displayed in the museum to remind visitors “how people helped each other that day, and that they will be inspired to do the same in ways big and small,” Mrs. Crowther explained as the camera panned to her husband sitting in the audience.
Former New York Mayor in charge that fateful day, Rudolph Giuliani remarked, “What this museum does is allow us to see that we absolutely can affect each other’s lives by what we do at a time of crisis, how we are strengthened by what was done that day.”
Former Mayor Bloomberg reminded that while, “Walking through this museum can be difficult at times but it is impossible to leave without feeling inspired. The museum will take its place in American history along with Pearl Harbor and the battlefield at Gettysburg. The museum is a reminder that freedom carries heavy responsibilities.”
In what felt like a love song to her husband, Calvin Joseph Gooding, who perished on 9/11, LaChanze, profoundly sang “Amazing Grace” at 10:28 am ET bringing tears to many eyes. Mrs. Gooding is a Tony Award winning Broadway performer.
The museum is open 24 hours a day to all those involved with the 9/11 tragedy until it officially opens on its sold out opening day- Wednesday, May 21, 2014. For further information: 911memorial.org/museum