On the day before the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, officials of the 9/11 Memorial Museum previewed an exhibit to remember those who died amid stalled construction of the project. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
The former wife of NYPD Sergeant Rodney Gillis, one of the nearly 3,000 people killed on September 11, 2001 and in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, is being remembered in an exhibition that will one day be part of the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
"In this space, we remember people for how they lived, rather than how they died," said /11 Memorial Museum Director Alice Greenwald.
On Monday, officials from the National September 11th Memorial and Museum previewed its "In Memoriam" exhibition. It will feature portraits and interactive tables allowing visitors to find information about each of the dead. A separate chamber will provide audio-visual profiles of the victims. Those on hand for the preview say they liked what they saw so far.
"I think they've done a really good job, I think powerful for someone like me who has a direct personal connection but also will give people visiting a real personal experience of the loss that we had," said Angie Gutermuth, whose fiance was killed in the attacks.
There will also be historical exhibits, talking about the events leading up to and the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. But there's still no opening date for the Museum. The Museum Foundation and the Port Authority are in a dispute over operating costs.
Frank Fetchet, whose son Brad, was killed on 9/11, had strong words for leaders about the delay.
"As a community, we should all have the resolve to push this system to go resolve whatever needs to be resolved but don't hold hostage this wonderful museum," Fetchet said.
"I don't have a crystal ball other than to say that I know that each and every principal whether it's Governor Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg, myself, other folks at the city and the state, recognize the importance of getting it done, and that leads me to believe that it will get done," said 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels.
Daniels told those on hand to keep telling and reminding people about the museum's importance, to make sure the project gets back on track.