New memorial design honoring 9/11 victims who died in years after attack unveiled

The 9/11 victims who died in the years after the World Trade Center terror attack are getting their own memorial on the hallowed Lower Manhattan ground.

The conceptual design was unveiled Wednesday for the “Memorial Glade” — honoring the first responders who labored for months on the toxic site and remembering the neighborhood residents or workers poisoned by the dirty air.

“As a recovery worker and the wife of a first responder, it gives me a sense of peace to know there will be a place dedicated to honoring our story,” said Sonia Agron, who joined in the recovery effort.

Her husband Jose, a retired NYPD officer, developed bladder cancer and pulmonary fibrosis after responding to the site on 9/11.

Lifelong New Yorker Sonia, who has lost a kidney to 9/11-related cancer, worked as a volunteer on the smoldering property after the Twin Towers collapsed.

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This September 11, 2001 file photo shows US President George W. Bush interrupted by his Chief of Staff Andrew Card(L) shortly after news of the New York City airplane crashes was available in Sarasota, Florida.

(Photo by PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 (L) flies toward the World Trade Center twin towers shortly before slamming into the south tower as the north tower burns following an earlier attack by a hijacked airliner in New York City September 11, 2001. The stunning aerial assaults on the huge commercial complex where more than 40,000 people worked on an ordinary day were part of a coordinated attack aimed at the nation's financial heart. They destroyed one of America's most dramatic symbols of power and financial strength and left New York reeling. (REUTERS/Sean Adair)

The second tower of the World Trade Center explodes into flames after being hit by a airplane, New York September 11, 2001 with the Brooklyn bridge in the foreground. Both towers of the complex collapsed after being hit by hijacked planes.

(REUTERS/Sara K. Schwittek)

Photo shows the point of impact where a plane crashed into the North tower of the World Trade Center in New York City early September 11, 2001. Three hijacked planes crashed into major U.S. landmarks on Tuesday, destroying both of New York's mighty twin towers and plunging the Pentagon in Washington into flames, in an unprecedented assault on key symbols of U.S. military and financial power.

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This 11 September 2001 file photo shows Marcy Borders covered in dust as she takes refuge in an office building after one of the World Trade Center towers collapsed in New York. Borders was caught outside on the street as the cloud of smoke and dust enveloped the area.

(Photo credit STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

A true-color image taken by the Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) aboard the Landsat 7 satellite on September 12, 2001 shows New York City and the smoldering World Trade Center following the September 11, 2001 attacks in this handout photo courtesy of NASA. The image was captured at roughly 11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time.


A person falls to their death from the World Trade Center after two planes hit the Twin Towers September 11, 2001 in New York City.

(Photo by Jose Jimenez/Primera Hora/Getty Images)

The south tower of the World Trade Center collapses September 11, 2001 in New York City.

(Thomas Nilsson/ Getty Images)

This 11 September 2001 file photo shows pedestrians running from the scene as one of the World Trade Center towers collapses in New York City following a terrorist plane crash on the twin towers.

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The remaining tower of New York's World Trade Center, Tower 2, dissolves in a cloud of dust and debris about a half hour after the first twin tower collapsed September 11, 2001. Each of the towers were hit by hijacked airliners in one of numerous acts of terrorism directed at the United States September 11, 2001. The pictures were made from across the Hudson River in Jersey City, New Jersey. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine RFS
A group of firefighters walk amid rubble near the base of the destroyed South World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001. In the worst terror attack on the U.S. mainland in modern history, two hijacked planes slammed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York - where about 40,000 people work - and a third plane hit the Pentagon, across the Potomac river from Washington. REUTERS/Peter Morgan JC/jp

Rescue workers carry fatally injured New York City Fire Depatment Chaplain, Father Mychal Judge, from one of the World Trade Center towers in New York City, early September 11, 2001. Both towers were hit by planes crashing into the buildings and collapsed a short time later.

(REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

The damaged area of the Pentagon building, where a hijacked commercial jetliner slammed into it September 11, 2001, is seen in this file photo with the U.S. Capitol Building in the background, at sunrise on September 16, 2001.

(REUTERS/Larry Downing)

A New York City fireman calls for more rescue workers to make their way into the rubble of the World Trade Center September 15, 2001.

(REUTERS/Handout/U.S. Navy Photo by Journalist 1st Class Preston Keres)

Firefighters raise a U.S. flag at the site of the World Trade Center after two hijacked commercial airliners were flown into the buildings September 11, 2001 in New York.

(Photo by 2001 The Record (Bergen Co. NJ)/Getty Images)

Members of the New York Fire and Police Departments salute as a truck carrying the last steel column of the World Trade Center moves up West Street from inside of the World Trade Center site May 30, 2002 as the recovery effort at Ground Zero officially ends in New York.

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


Comedian Jon Stewart, an advocate for health care coverage for post-9/11 victims, will lead a major fund-raising effort — including a stint as chair of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum 5A Run/Walk and Community Day.

All proceeds from the 2019 event will go to the construction costs, with additional funding coming from New York State, the Building Trade Unions and Bombard Philanthropies.

“These men and women sacrificed themselves for the rest of us, and have spent years suffering and dying because of it,” said the former host of “The Daily Show.”

“We have long owed it to them to honor their contributions,” continued Stewart. “It is also important for us to recognize the folks who died or are suffering (and) who were exposed to World Trade Center toxins while working in Lower Manhattan or called the community home.”

The new portion of the memorial on the WTC property was designed by Michael Arad and Peter Walker, the original visionaries of the 9/11 memorial.

The design of the Memorial Glade will feature a new pathway that mirror the long gone ramp used by rescue and recovery workers for the nine months after 9/11.

And the path will end near the Survivor Tree, an enduring symbol of the city’s resilience.

The timing of the May 30 announcement marks the 16th anniversary of the formal finish to rescue and recovery efforts on the 16-acre property.

As February 2018, the FDNY list of recovery workers killed by WTC toxins hit 166. The NYPD has lost 24 cops so far in 2018, and another 24 last year to 9/11-related illnesses.

9/11 Memorial and Museum President Alice Greenwald said the project illustrated the facility’s commitment to the community created by the horrible events of Sept. 11, 2001.

“By integrating this meaningful public space at the Memorial, we see to recognize all those for whom 9/11 has remained an all-too-pleasant reality,” she said.

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