Today is the day that a traveling collection of photos and artifacts from the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America opens in downtown Indiana.
The exhibit known as Ground Zero 360 is at The Atrium at 665 Philadelphia Street. It opens officially with a 4 PM ceremony upstairs at The Coney, and then everyone will troop across the street to the Atrium. Afterward, there will be a private reception back at The Coney. Among those planning to be at today’s opening are retired New York police inspector Paul McCormack, who was in charge of the 41st Precinct that day in 2001, and his wife, photojournalist Nicola McLean, who took most of the photos that are in the display. Also expected at the event are family members of a New York firefighter and police emergency responder who both died in the aftermath of the attack. The keynote speaker for the event today will be Stephen Tidwell, the former executive assistant to the director of the FBI.
David Zacur, the director of the Criminal Justice Training Academy at IUP, spearheaded the effort to bring the display to Indiana, soliciting corporate and private donations to allay the expenses. Zacur says visitors will see items they have never seen before, including a piece of the skeleton of one of the World Trade Center towers. There will also clothing, equipment, and audio displays of the chaotic events of that day,
Ground Zero 360 will be open during business hours weekdays through March 5th.