I have nothing against the Tribute Musuem and I was angered when I heard that they were losing their lease. It is a good institution and should survive.
However, the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum doesn’t deserve to be put down in comparison to the Tribute Museum.
Tribute began as a way for those who lost family members and those who survived and participated in the rescue, recovery and cleanup to support each other and to share their stories with visitors.
The 9/11 Museum has a national commitment to educate future generations, to preserve artifacts related to the WTC and the attacks and to support global victims of terrorism.
It is located on the site of the attacks and memorializes those killed in all three locations by naming them around the Memorial Pools which are placed in the footprints of the Towers. The Memorial Glade specifically honors the responders, workers and residents who have been affected by illnesses related to their presence near the WTC on and after 9/11.
The Museum offers educational programs for children and adults. It is a resource in the study of terrorism — FBI classes come for training at the Museum.
A number of BPC residents volunteer at both the 9/11 Museum and at Tribute — they have become places of healing and learning for so many.
So, let’s give credit where credit is due and respect each of these institutions for the significant purposes they each serve.
Maryanne P. Braverman
Resident of BPC since 1982, former WTC worker and
National September 11 Memorial & Museum Member