This 1-hour video is a wonderful story of the tradespeople who removed what was left of the World Trade Center.

The video is from the U.S. Department of Labor and is hosted here with their permission. The U.S. Department of Labor does not endorse this site or any of the other links on it.

“The New York City skyline was changed forever on September 11, 2001. This documentary is a tribute to the brave men and women of the New York City building trades who put themselves on the line that day-and for nine months afterward-to reclaim Ground Zero. They showed the world the best our country has to offer and reaffirmed our faith in our freedoms, our country and ourselves.

In the immediate aftermath of the September 11th attacks, thousands of members of the city’s building trades unions converged, spontaneously, upon Lower Manhattan to help in the rescue, recovery and clean up efforts at the World Trade Center.

They performed heroically, bringing order out of chaos. They worked at great personal risk as Ground Zero was the most dangerous work site in America. And they put their personal lives on hold in order to help reclaim this sacred site. It is a tribute to their courage and skill that they completed the job ahead of schedule and without serious injuries…”  c. 2003 U.S. Dept. of Labor.