New memorial area dedicated at World Trade Center site

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says a new memorial glade at the World Trade Center site “helps us fulfill our duty” to those who were sickened or died after responding to the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Recovery workers who themselves are ill were among the hundreds of people attending Thursday’s dedication ceremony.

The grassy clearing on the southwest corner of the 8-acre (3-hectare) plaza is flanked with six huge stones that were shaped by craftsmen in Vermont.

Thousands of rescue and recovery workers and many city residents were exposed to the clouds of thick dust released when the World Trade Center collapsed.

Researchers continue to study whether there is a link between cancer and toxins present during the cleanup.

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