By Joe Riedel, Director of Business Development at Straub Construction.
National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
Earlier this year, my wife and I traveled to New York and took a guided tour of the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum. This powerful experience featured interactive exhibits, narratives and artifacts of the tragic day in 2001. The thoughtful design of the space and attention to detail was astounding. In addition to the many artifacts, the museum offers a solemn guided audio tour where visitors can hear recordings of 911 calls from that day and stories from survivors recounting witnessed acts of heroism.
Where were you?
I will never forget the terrorist attacks on September 11. I was working at a client site in Lawrence, Kansas when I first heard the news. At the time, I didn’t fully comprehend what had happened. I was only able to understand the loss, the tragedy and the impact it had on those who had lost loved ones.
18 years later, visiting the 9/11 Memorial & Museum helped shift my perspective. Now, reflecting back on that day, I recognize the heroism and bravery of the people, both uniformed and civilian. I think about the resilience of our country. We will never forget the losses, but we will always remember the bravery of the individuals who sacrificed their lives to help others.