The last time Patrick Nassaney visited the World Trade Center site in New York was the fall of 2002, the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. A year after two planes struck the twin towers, killing nearly 3,000 people, ground zero was still a disaster site and debris field when Nassaney and other 9/11 families gathered to pay tribute to the victims 12 years ago.
“We haven’t returned since for a lot of reasons,” says Nassaney, who lost his son, Shawn M. Nassaney, in the attacks. “When we were there it was a big crater. Now, it’s hallowed grounds.” More.