The Day After 9/11

9/11 is still a wrenching experience to remember as well as an uplifting memory for the heroism and closeness we felt to those around us.

What is astonishing to me is that not all of the remains have been identified–even with the advanced technology of death and identification skills available. After 15 years, these remains are stored in plastic bags in an underground vault seven levels below the monument at Ground Zero. Careful records as to where the remains were found and whatever conclusions the personnel could reach have been made.

It takes more than four hours to read the names aloud. And they still read them–this in and of itself brings some comfort to those who survive and their loved ones left behind.

As the remains are identified, funeral and memorial services are still being held. And the files contain these final dates.

Imagine, the records are still being made! Your favorite genealogist, Arlene Eakle

PS New categories of records to search are being created all over world–probably more than we will be able to look at during a long lifetime. That brings comfort to me, knowing that records are still being made as well as maintained.

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