Wounded vets visit Ground Zero for the first time on the Fourth of July
POSTED: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 7:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 7:34pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A poignant sight at the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero on this Independence Day; it's the first time the memorial has been open on the Fourth of July.
Wounded veterans were among the visitors to the memorial today.
They were invited to Ground Zero by the Tunnel to Towers charity organization in a salute to servicemen - many of them triple or quadruple amputees who have served their country post-9/11.
Wounded soldiers pulled their wheelchairs up to watch the two reflecting pools that dominate the site where the Twin Towers once stood.
Others traced and touched the names of those who died in the attack, sketching out mementoes to keep as a reminder of that fateful day.
"This is my first time here since the Towers came down,” stated Adam Keys, wounded Army vet. “It’s very sobering and touching the names on the wall here, to see how they're rebuilding, is incredible and very inspiring.”
The Tunnel to Towers organization and other charities are working to raise money to build "smart homes" for wounded veterans that will allow them more independent lives.