9/11 memo­rial evolves

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When the names of nearly 3,000

Sept. 11 vic­tims are read aloud to­day at the World Trade Cen­ter, a half-dozen stacks of stone will qui­etly salute an un­told num­ber of peo­ple not on the list.

The gran­ite slabs were in­stalled on the memo­rial plaza this spring. They rec­og­nize an ini­tially un­seen toll of the 2001 ter­ror­ist at­tacks: fire­fight­ers, po­lice and oth­ers who died or fell ill af­ter ex­po­sure to tox­ins un­leashed in the wreck­age.

The unusual ad­di­tion re­flects a memo­rial that is evolv­ing as the af­ter­math of 9/11 does. And for fam­i­lies like Joanna Reis­man’s, the new 9/11 Memo­rial Glade gives their loved ones a place in the land­scape of re­mem­brance at ground zero. A fire­fighter’s widow, she em­pha­sizes that the losses thou­sands of fam­i­lies suf­fered on Sept. 11 were hor­rific.

“We just have to rec­og­nize that there were oth­ers, too,” says Reis­man, whose 54-year-old hus­band, Lt. Steven Reis­man, searched through the World Trade Cen­ter de­bris for re­mains, and then died in 2014 of brain can­cer. He was 54.


A rose rests next to a photo of New York City Fire Depart­ment Lt. Steven Reis­man in the 9/11 Memo­rial Glade near the Na­tional Sep­tem­ber 11 Memo­rial & Mu­seum in New York City.

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