30 December 2001
I just read on that a viewing platform overlooking the wreckage of the World Trade Center will be opened today. My first reaction was, "This is a disaster site, not a tourist attraction!" After a few moments, however, it occurred to me that the families of those whose bodies have not been found yet may need a place to pray and pay their respects since there isn't a grave yet. Since I live in an area far removed from the site, I sometimes forget that this whole tragedy is still very fresh for New Yorkers.