Press Release Article


Date: May 12, 2005
Press Release Number: 54-2005

A commemorative 9/11 timeline that depicts the tragic and heroic events that occurred at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 – developed with the assistance of family members who lost loved ones that day – has been installed on the site’s viewing wall.

The timeline, which can be viewed on the wall on Church Street near the temporary World Trade Center PATH Station, presents a chronological portrayal of events that occurred between 6:30 a.m. and 11:29 p.m. on September 11. The timeline, designed by Mark Schaming, director of exhibitions for the New York State Museum, consists of three 12-foot-wide panels and is based on the museum’s “WTC, 9/11 First 24 Hours” timeline. Assisting Mr. Schaming with development of the project was Nikki Stern and Tom Roger, Directors of Families of September 11.

New York Governor George E. Pataki said, “Even though more than three years have passed since the 9/11 tragedy, the acts of terror and heroism remain crystal clear to those of us who personally witnessed that day unfold. This timeline will ensure that generations of people from around the world will never forget the sacrifices made by so many people, and the lives that were lost because of these barbaric acts.”

Acting New Jersey Governor Richard J. Codey said, “Many of my fellow New Jersey residents watched in horror and sadness as the World Trade Center attacks took place on September 11, 2001. We were terrified that such attacks could take place, but we were later gratified when we learned of the acts of heroism and bravery that took place. This timeline will make sure those stories are never forgotten.”

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “Thousands of people continue to visit the World Trade Center each day, some to pay their respects to those who lost their lives and others to learn more about the most horrific attack in the nation’s history. This timeline tells the story of how that day unfolded and presents a snapshot of some of the heroic stories that will remain etched in the minds of many of us for years.”

Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, “The public continues to have a strong interest in details and information about 9/11. We want them to know and remember the countless stories of those who made a difference in people’s lives that day. This timeline would provide the public with an ever greater understanding of the horror that was 9/11, and how events unfolded on that tragic day.”

Port Authority Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr. said, “The World Trade Center was the Port Authority’s home for more than 30 years, and we believe it must remain an important part of our nation’s history. The timeline is a key initiative we strongly support as a lasting tribute to our 84 employees who paid the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11.”

Nikki Stern, executive director of Families of September 11, said the timeline is the clearest delineation yet of the events of the day. “This is an incredibly powerful and meaningful way for visitors to understand what happened within the context of what began as an ordinary day,” said Ms. Stern, who lost her husband in the attacks.

Mr. Schaming said, “The power of the site is very compelling and our hope is that the timeline keeps these stories alive. This place was touched by history. It is so critical that visitors to the site continue to know more about what happened here that day.”

The timeline, which cost $18,000 to produce, consists of 13 photographs and three illustrations, including one to orient visitors on where they are in relation to the entire site. All but one of the photos was taken on September 11, 2001.

Three of the photos depict police and firefighter heroes from September 11 – Port Authority Police Officer Christopher Amoroso, NYPD Officer Moira Smith and FDNY Firefighter Michael Kehoe. Officers Amoroso and Smith died in the collapse of the Twin Towers, and Firefighter Kehoe escaped.

The timeline also depicts several objects recovered from the site, including an evacuation plan sign, elevator plaque from the 78th floor; and primary campaign posters.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail system; the Port Authority-Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the New York Container Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.

The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

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