This memorial plaque is attached to the side of the New York Fire Department (FDNY) Ladder No. 10 home (around a corner but across the alley from the Ground Zero site).
When you visit the site (which I would recommend highly), you understand why Ladder Company #10 responded so quickly. Their fire station is across an alley (almost the back yard of the World Trade Center twin towers). I recognized that's why so many of their co-workers/comrades died while responding and trying to save the lives of people trapped inside the buildings.
We toured the World Trade Center memorial located next door to the FDNY Ladder Company #10. It was sobering and touching.
I took this picture last October when we visited New York City. I wanted to visit Ground Zero, the site of 9/11 tragedy. This year marks the 10 year anniversary.
Recently we watched a Discovery Channel special “Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero.” For much of the past year the people involved with rebuilding Tower One had set a goal of building one floor every week. Those involved want Tower One to be a visible part of the downtown Manhattan skyline by this September 11 with the completion of the building scheduled for 2013.
During the Discovery channel program, the people interviewed said similar thoughts in different words, our country needs this place to be both a memorial and a declaration of the American spirit. We were wounded and we lost citizens, but we are not defeated. This building will rise again.