American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley volunteer Vince Calcara, of Oneida County, is one of about one dozen Red Cross mental health volunteers who will be deployed to comfort visitors at the opening of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City.
Calcara, who was deployed by the Red Cross to New York City following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, is a mental health professional and the Disaster Mental Health Lead for the American Red Cross Central New York Region, which includes the Mohawk Valley Chapter.Calcara is leaving Thursday morning for a week in New York, where he will be available for family members of people who died in the attacks.
Following 9/11, Calcara spent two weeks in New York City working near Ground Zero at “Kitchen 2,” which served as an outpost for supplies and a resting place for first responders who were searching for victims. “I was about as close as you can get without being in the rubble,” Calcara said.
The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993. The family members of the victims have been invited to tour the Memorial and Museum this weekend before the facilities are open to the general public.
For more information about the 9/11 Memorial, visit http://www.911memorial.org/.