September 11, 2001 is a day that will forever live on in the American collective memory. The events of that fateful day changed the world as we know it and continue to influence us deeply today.
As a commuter hub, the Port Washington community was profoundly affected by the events of 9/11. Countless local residents were in Manhattan that day and personally experienced or witnessed the attack on the World Trade Center. Many others lost loved ones in the collapse of the Twin Towers or were among the groups of emergency personnel who responded to the tragedy.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001, the History Center at the Port Washington Public Library has digitized a collection of oral histories given by nine Port Washington residents who were directly affected by the 9/11 attacks and a collection of images taken by members of the Port Washington Fire Department who traveled to Ground Zero to provide their services in the immediate aftermath of the World Trade Center collapse. Both collections will be accessible through this digital portal in perpetuity so that we may never forget the impact that this devastating event had on our community.