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It’s evocative and poignant to stand at memorial sites and remember. In part, it’s a step toward personal healing, but there’s a collective compassion among travelers who go to bear witness at the sites of tragedies. As part of our examination of the travel landscape post-9/11, Savvy Traveler host Diana Nyad talks with our Traveler-at-Large, Tony Kahn, who visited Ground Zero in New York and Pearl Harbor, and Atlantic Monthly National Correspondent William Langewiesche, who spent 9 months as an invited journalist with unparalleled access at the World Trade Center site, about the value of traveling to memorials.

What does it take for a memorial to outlast its victims? How could such devastation happen at such innocent locations? And, how do can we best remember the victims -- not as casualties but -- as human beings who lost their lives?

People deal with tragedies in different ways. Rik Reppe, got in his truck and drove to all three of the 9/11 sites. When he came back, he wrote a play about his experiences called "Staggering Toward America"…

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"Fireman Rescue Team" 10/11/2001
"Fireman Rescue Team" 10/11/2001
©Joel Meyerowitz/Courtesy Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery

Links:
PEARL HARBOR

Pearl Harbor Remembered
National Geographic: Remembering Pearl Harbor
Honolulu Advertiser: Pearl Harbor Plus 60 Years

OKLAHOMA CITY
Oklahoma City National Memorial

9/11 MEMORIALS
The World Trade Center Memorial
The Pentagon Memorial Project
The World Trade Center Memorial Quilt

Actor Rik Reppe's stage production "Staggering Toward America"

What has happened this past year to the travel industry? And, what is going to happen to it? Diana explores these questions, and a number of others, in a roundtable discussion with Jeff Greenwald, author of Scratching the Surface, Joe Sharkey, business travel columnist for The New York Times, and our Travel-Expert-in-Residence, Rudy Maxa.

Due to the significant ramifications of the tragedy of 9/11, this is an enormous time of flux in the skies. With numerous security hassles and worries affecting the psychology of the traveler, what are airlines trying to do to lure them back? When will tourism rebound, and how long will it take? What about the sudden trend of the “big boys” vs. the “little guys,” as smaller jet lines gain prominence while larger airlines struggle. Also, what’s the American image abroad? And, does travel really bring us closer together?

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"Smoke Rising Through Sunlight" 11/8/2001
"Smoke Rising Through Sunlight" 11/8/2001
©Joel Meyerowitz/Courtesy Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery

Links:
POST-9/11 AIRLINE INDUSTRY:
The Airline Industry Since 9/11: Overview of Recovery and Challenges Ahead (PDF Format)
Airwise News - Terror Anniversary Empties the Skies
Detroit Free Press - Airlines Struggle in Post-9/11 Climate

Author of Scratching the Surface, Jeff Greenwald's Web Site

Travel is an exercise in curiosity: a meaningful way to see the new and examine the foreign. The futile acts of 9/11 have challenged our notion of traveling. They’ve even changed our collective identity in the eyes of those in foreign lands. So, how are we perceived abroad? Diana discusses these issues with the Atlantic Monthly’s William Langewiesche, the invited WTC site reporter, and commentator and author Richard Rodriguez, whose most recent book “Brown” takes in-depth look at the swirling of races, cultures and religions in today’s world -- especially, in America.

Our ability to travel so quickly, even to the most remote corners, has made the world so small -- but are we still ignorant of its vastness, its varied peoples and cultures? Has this naiveté made our world more dangerous for us? Has 9/11 changed the way Americans are being perceived when traveling? Have the events of 9/11, or even its resulting policies, made Americans feel more isolated when in other countries?

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"Five More Found" 10/26/2001
"Five More Found" 10/26/2001
©Joel Meyerowitz/Courtesy Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery

Links:
Why - Art About the Attack on the World Trade Center & Pentagon
Understanding America After 9/11 - A Public Radio Collaboration
Archive of news stories, analysis, and feature essays on Salon.com

Resources:

SAVVY TRAVELER FORUM: How has 9/11 affected the way you think about travel?

RELATED SITES:
WTC Disaster Assistance and Business Rebuilding
Ideas for WTC Memorial
New York State World Trade Center Relief Fund
The Museum of the City of New York "Project September 11"
New York City History
The New York City Fire Museum
The New York Historical Society
Imagine New York: A Project of the Municipal Arts Society
The International Association of Fire Fighters
September 11 News
AirDisaster.com: Special Report on the September 11th Terrorist Attacks

MORE MEMORIALS:
The Pentagon Memorial Competition
World Trade Center & Pentagon Memorial
In Memorium: September-11-2001
9-11-2001

IN-DEPTH COVERAGE:
BBCi: America's Day of Terror
MSNBC: America Remembers
CNN In-Depth Special on the War on Terror
Washington Post: America At War - New York
Engineering explanation of why the World Trade Center collapsed

INTERNATIONAL MEMORIALS:
Auschwitz Memorial and Museum
National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC
Building the Anzac Commemorative Site
Cambodia's 'Killing Fields Memorial'
Budapest Holocaust Memorials

Joel Meyerowitz's photographs are part of an archive of more than 8,000 photographs he made at the World Trade Center site between September 23, 2001 and May 30, 2002. These photographs, known as "The World Trade Center Archive" will be digitized for research purposes and made available through museums and institutions as a public resource.

There is a need for additional funds to complete the archive. Information about supporting this project is available at www.21stcenturyphotoresources.org.You can also visit www.joelmeyerowitz.com.

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