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9/11 Cross

A Symbol of Hope

 
 
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By Larry Gertner, February 15, 2019
1. 9/11 Cross Marker
Inscription.  9/11 Cross
A Symbol of Hope

Out of the rubble of New York City’s Twin Towers on that fateful 9/11 morning emerged a symbol of hope: a perfectly proportioned cross formed from the steel girders of the previously standing twin towers.

The original 9/11 cross was found in the wreckage of the twin towers and subsequently mounted here on this site October 15, 2006, where it stayed until it was moved July 23, 2011 to the September 11 Memorial and Museum at the former World Trade Center site across the street. A hollow spot in the cross holds the remains of the original Twin Tower wreckage.

Th artist, selected by Cardinal Egan to craft this new cross was Sculptor Jon Krawczyk who was raised in New Jersey.

The cross was built hollow, and on its way to New York from California, John Krawczyk encouraged people to put notes and symbols of loss inside.

The hole was sealed up with a piece of the fallen World Trade Center. When it rains, rust from the piece of metal will drip down the rest of the cross, simulating a bleeding Heart. The base of the cross includes a metal book with 35 pages listing the names of all
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By Larry Gertner, February 15, 2019
2. 9/11 Cross
the 9/11 Twin Tower victims. The names were etched in such a way that rubbings can be taken by visitors. The inscription on this memorial book of names is:

The cross is a symbol of hope. It speaks of life’s journey and to life’s limitless potential.
For the innocent, whose lives were taken from them, this cross stands as a memorial.
For the courageous, who faced death so others might live, this cross stands as a tribute.
For all of us walking the streets today, the cross reflects who we are and who we may choose to become.
 
Location. 40° 42.749′ N, 74° 0.578′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Church Street near Barclay Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Cross at Ground Zero (was here, next to this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); St. Joseph (a few steps from this marker); Old St. Peter’s Church (a few steps from this marker); St. Mary Magdalene (a few steps from this marker); Pierre Toussaint (a few steps from this marker); St. Peter's Free School (a few steps from this marker);
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By Larry Gertner, February 15, 2019
3. The Book of Names
In Memory of Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seaton (a few steps from this marker); St. Michael the Archangel (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
More about this marker. The marker is on the grounds of Old St. Peter's Church.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 18, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 18, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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