A heart-breaking outcome shining a bright light on the shameful actions of the U.S. military in WWII era America.

During the early days of the NYC pandemic shutdown in May I distracted myself with my family tree activities on ancestry.com. I checked my messages hoping to hear from unknown relatives…


It’s been almost 18 years since that Tuesday morning in September of 2001 and, until just recently, I had never identified as a “9/11 survivor”. I carefully painted myself on the fringes of the tragedy, even though I was there.

Whenever I tell people where I live in lower Manhattan…

Karen Ann McDermott

Financial Services Technology Marketing Leader. Rescue dog Mom and advocate. NYC resident.

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