By: Tanya Hoggard, Flight Attendant, Cincinatti, OH
Flight Attendant Tanya Hoggard shares with us the innovative inspiration behind her heartfelt project, “Dear Hero.”
The “Dear Hero” collection began while I was volunteering at Ground Zero and learned about the volumes of mail the New York City Fire Department was receiving from children, many addressed to “Dear Hero.”
As I worked on site I knew the children had recorded history through their art and letters.Their words captured the moment and deserved to be preserved. I watched the children become Hero’s to their Hero’s. I never dreamed in a million years that my visit to see “Ground Zero” would have led to a permanent exhibit in the September 11th Memorial and Museum.
What these children wrote is a part of history. Teachers are using it for education. Other museums worldwide will borrow from it. It’s where it belongs. With any luck the children who created it will be able to see it and learn how inspiring they were to the rest of us.
The “Dear Hero” Collection can be found in the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, and online. The Memorial Museum and the “Dear Hero” Collection opens to the public on May 21, 2014.
Delta is the exclusive airline of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum.