Ground Zero-Cross

On Thursday, September 13, 2001, Frank Silecchia was in the basement of
Building 6 of the World Trade Center. As a construction worker, he had
the responsibility of locating any possible survivors in the
underground areas of the collapsed twin towers. All he found were
corpses, which he arranged for removal and proper burial. Yet there, in
the midst of all the rubble, he saw a metal girder that stopped him in
his tracks. As Tower One (the North Tower) came down, it showered its
debris on top of and through Building 6. In front of him was a girder
with its insulation stripped away and all the connecting steel beams
removed. There, planted firmly in that basement floor, standing in
solitary silence, was a perfectly formed cross. Some people will say it’s
velocity or physics that put it [the cross] there. To me it’s an act of
God,’ said Frank, who cried for 20 minutes after the discovery.” Frank
labeled the area “God’s House” and immediately began showing the cross ,
to others at Ground Zero. In an effort to have the cross “excavated and
preserved as a visible sign of God’s presence at Ground Zero,” he worked
with Father Brian Jordan. As chaplain at Ground Zero, Father Brian was
able to contact the necessary people in the Mayor’s Office to get the
proper approval. On October 3 the cross was lifted up and secured on top
of a concrete median overlooking the recovery efforts. It stands as a
powerful reminder of God’s love through Jesus Christ. The Lord knows
about cruelty and an unjust death because He experienced it personally
on the cross. He also knows about goodness and life because He rose from
the grave, defeating death. The cross offers us His resurrected life,
which enables us to overcome evil with good. The cross is the hope and
the invitation to declare “that though the wrong seems oft so
strong, God is the ruler yet. This is my Father’s world.”

Photos & text by Chaplain Bob Davidson, Westwood (MA) Fire Dept.

Ground Zero-Cross

Written in WTC dust on the window at Ground Zero.