Commemorative MetroCards honor ground zero workers
NEW YORK (AP) — The workers who spent their time helping with recovery efforts at ground zero are being commemorated on special-issue transit system MetroCards.
The cards will be available starting Wednesday at 10 subway stations, mostly in the area of the World Trade Center site, the Daily News reported Sunday.
The special MetroCards are connected to the upcoming opening of a glade at the national Sept. 11 memorial that pays tribute to the rescue and recovery workers.
The 9/11 Memorial Glade is scheduled to formally open on May 30, the anniversary of the day in 2002 when the recovery effort was officially ended.
The MetroCards include images of four different people who worked at the site, including Daniel Armenta, a fire lieutenant from San Francisco who died from cancer in 2013.
Roslyn Nieves, who worked for the New York Police Department at the time and spent time working security at the site, said she planned to be at the opening ceremony.
She told the News her image on one of the MetroCard reminds her of the mix of emotions being at the site.
“Everyone knew someone who died in the towers, or was working in the towers,” she said. “So there was an outpouring of people. When I saw everything, and how people pulled together — people put their differences apart to help.”
Information from: Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com