July 18th, 2011 we interviewed Rick Cahill at his office in Manhattan. On September 11, 2001, he and his son Scott both worked in lower Manhattan in the bond business. Scott died that day when the Twin Towers fell and since that time Rick has worked tirelessly to get the New Jersey State 9/11 Memorial built. He has been involved in the process right from the beginning. He served on the committee that selected the design submitted by architect Frederic Schwartz and stuck with the project even in the years it looked like it might never get built.
When funding came up short for the NJ 9/11 Memorial, the New Jersey 9/11 Memorial Foundation was formed and Rick became the Chairman. Rick speaks candidly with us about his own personal loss and his commitment to the NJ 9/11 Memorial – a place where families and friends of the 746 victims of 9/11 as well as all New Jersey residents can got to reflect, mourn or pay tribute to those lost that day.
Rick hopes the distribution of the WTC Steel Artifacts will help keep the memories of those lost alive. A WTC Steel Artifact is integrated into the New Jersey 9/11 Memorial called “Empty Sky” located across from where the Twin Towers fell on Liberty State Park.
Screen shots from the documentary, The Art of Memories, currently in production:
Rick Cahill reflects on the ten year project to get the New Jersey 9/11 Memorial built that honors not only his son, Scott Cahill, but all of the 746 victims of 9/11 that were New Jersey residents.
The company Rick works for moved mid-town. Rick prefers the new location to being downtown close to Ground Zero, a constant reminder of his son’s death.
Rick Cahill admits that he was used to people coming to him asking for donations but since he began raising money for the New Jersey 9/11 Memorial the shoe has been on the other foot. The fundraising process seems endless on such a large project.