9/11 survivors from Florida visit new memorial museum

Some survivors are hesitant to visit just yet

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - The new September 11 Memorial Museum at Ground Zero in New York City is now open to families of the victims, survivors and first responders.

President Obama spoke at the dedication of the museum Thursday. "Those we lost live on in us, in the families who love them still in a nation that will honor them now and forever," he said.

Like the museum itself, the dedication ceremony took many back to that day. The attacks thirteen years ago are still raw in the minds of south Floridians. The new museum is bringing those memories right back to life, even for those who are not ready for it.

In New York City, in early September 2001, current West Palm Beach resident Michelle Cruz Rosado snapped several photographs outside of the World Trade Center area.

"When I took that picture, it just reminds me of a time when I felt safe," she said. Rosado's office was on the 95th floor of World Trade Center Tower Two. No one new what was coming next.

Now Rosado's photos will be just a small piece of a new chapter in this American story as memorial museum at Ground Zero opens. At first, the museum will only be open to relatives and survivors, such as Rosado, who made it out with moments to spare.

"I don't know if I'm going to be emotionally stable enough to handle it," said Rosado. "This is just a way for us to heal even more; even after 13 years."

But not everyone who made it through 9/11 is ready to walk into the new museum, which is several stories down inside the towers' foundation.

"I still get nightmares of watching the building fall," said former New York City Fire Department Paramedic Mark Harris lives in Palm Beach County now. He has already seen many of the artifacts that make up the museum's heart wrenching exhibits. Harris saw them in person on that dark day.

"I can picture the crushed fire truck," said Harris. "I can picture the people jumping from the buildings. I can picture it like it's yesterday."    

Nearly three thousand people died. Curators say the museum has been build on hallowed ground in their honor.

"I probably would go but I can't say definitely because I don't know how it would make me feel," said Harris.

The museum opens to the public on May 21, though all tickets for that day have already sold out.

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