A Day of Mourning and Memory

September 12, 2011  |  

(New York Times) — They clutched slips of paper bearing letters and numbers, trying to navigate a strange new map created by computer algorithm that was designed to place people next to other people whom, in life, they had cared about. The visitors looked hopeful, dazed, afraid. One family made a beeline for Mark Louis Rosenberg, Tablet 7 of the north pool, or N-7 for short. The three teenage Berry brothers searched for their father, David Shelby Berry, at S-36. They touched the sharp edges of his name, carved into the cool metal in austere capital letters. They left their fingerprints and became connected to the families of 2,982 others in a way that they had not felt before.  “You go your whole life thinking you’re always the one in the classroom who’s affected by 9/11,” said Nile Berry, 19, a student at Hamilton College. “And then you come here and you’re just another face in the crowd. You get a lot of perspective.”

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