Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani says the just opened 9/11 memorial will serve a vital role in reminding those who weren't yet born how the nation was affected by the terrorist attacks.
Giuliani, who was mayor during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that killed 2,600 in New York City and nearly 3,000 counting the attack on the Pentagon and a crashed flight in Pennsylvania, said he was "deeply moved" at the display.
"I've lived through this experience a thousand times," Giuliani said Thursday on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto."
Still, he said, seeing the personal effects of people who died "was almost like going through it all over again."
Seeing items such as shoes and belt buckles was the most moving, Giuliani said, because they were the same items used to identify remains in the aftermath.
He also found it difficult to look at the wall of photographs of victims because he knew many of them personally.
But he said there is an upside to the museum. The resiliency of people and the heroism put forth that day helps get viewers past the heartache, he said.
"Half of it brings you down, and half of it brings you up," he told Cavuto.
He believes people born after 9/11 will be able to understand the day from viewing the displays, he said, likening the museum to a 1985 visit he made to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem
"You walk out, and you are completely exhausted," he said of that visit. "It makes you, to the extent you can, understand the Holocaust. I think this museum can do the same thing."
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