Friday, August 19, 2011

The Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero

If you have been around here for a while, you may know that for the last five years, my husband has had the opportunity to be part of a unique, very emotional, historical project.  I have been very limited in what and how much I can say about this.  This is not about publicity.  It's so much, much more than that.   It's a chance to give back.  It's a chance to heal and to help others to heal.

 My husband believes that his whole life has lead up to being part of this project.

Over the next few weeks, there will be documentaries and tons of news coverage.  My husband has been interviewed and filmed, although we have no idea what will make it on to the actual national and local news.

On August 25, the Discovery Channel will air a documentary, The Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero.

Jason was filmed and interviewed for this project, although we have no idea what was cut and what was left in.

We live less than 40 miles from Manhattan.  We know people who were in the Twin Towers that day.  Some who got out...and some who did not.  I can not even think about that day without welling up.  The stories...oh, the stories.... What has always stuck out in my mind about that day and the days after was how we stuck together.  How emergency response teams risked their lives, how firemen and policemen showed their badges and jumped in cars to get there as fast as they could on or off duty, how regular civilians lined the streets with bottled water and thank you signs for the responders, how traffic was shut down on the Turnpike so that local builders could donate and drive their big equipment into the city with no traffic in an effort to find survivors.  We banded together.  This is the American spirit.  We showed the world the true meaning of America.

 While we wish with all of our hearts that the tragedy of 9/11 had never happened and we will NEVER forget that day for the rest of our lives, Jason was and is completely humbled and honored to be part of this project.  I would like to personally take this opportunity to tell his Division Manager and everyone involved on this project how much being part of this has meant to our family.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.