The worlds fifth and sixth tallest buildings were crushed into 1.8 million tons of smoking concrete and steel, a tomb for nearly 3,000 people. Now the job was recovery, and with each truckload the true toll became clearer.
Less than 18 hours after the attacks, the first truckload of debris unloaded at the Fresh Kills landfill. Over the next 10 months, as many as 9,000 tons a day were carefully sifted for clues and human remains.
Jewelry from the trade center debris. More than 65,000 personal items were recovered from Ground Zero, including 144 rings, 437 watches, 119 earrings and 80 bracelets.
Identification cards of Blue Cross and Blue Shield employees are among the 5,000 personal items decontaminated and screened from the World Trade Center pile.
Medical examiners try to match up some of the 19,712 body parts recovered from the site. Of that grim collection of human remains, some 16,000 parts are still unidentified.
Vials of DNA samples await a match. So far, 519 victims have been identified through DNA alone. But the medical examiner
So much of the Trade Center ended up as ash, incinerated. A whole terrain of loss at Fresh Kills carefully catalogs what was left behind.
A years have gone by and the memories of all those who died tragically in this very tragic day will remain forever in the hearts of the people who valued their efforts.
PHOTO BY RICHARD PRESS