Two days after the attacks of September 11, one of the workers helping with the recovery and cleanup efforts discovered an intact steel beam cross amidst the rubble. The cross was left in place for several weeks, and became a spot where people prayed and left messages. A few weeks later on October 4, 2001, it was placed on a pedestal nearby and continued to serve as a shrine. Then, in October 2006, it was relocated to St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, which faces the World Trade Center site. I took this picture in front of St. Peter’s on June 12, 2009.
The “Remembering 9/11” site includes obituaries, profiles, Guest Books, Moving Tributes and a National Book of Remembrance. To date, more than 6 million people have visited the site, leaving more than 200,000 Guest Book entries.