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The War Tapes: At Tribeca, a short distance from Ground Zero

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At Tribeca, a short distance from Ground Zero

You know, as the film festival approaches and The War Tapes becomes available to the world, I am amazed at the irony of where it has brought me.

On Sept 11th I watched like many others in horror as the Twin Towers fell in New York City.

I personally witnessed the still burning heap of destruction and smelled the unforgettable smells that I will never forget. My brother in-law John who was involved in the terrible events of that day as he worked only a few buildings away. Etched in my mind for as long as I live is looking at the still standing facade of one of the towers in the huge burning pile of debris and hearing John quietly say to me "just think, there are a few thousand people in that pile". My heart sunk.

Soon began the Global War on Terror. As told in The War Tapes I eventually found myself in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

As long as our deployment seemed and missing so much of my children's first years here we are back home getting ready to go to a Film Festival that was established in honor of those who died on Sept 11th.

I will be sitting in a theater watching the premier of The War Tapes a very short distance from Ground Zero.

I have not and will not EVER forget Sept 11th and how the people of New York rallied together as TRUE AMERICANS to show the world what we are made of. They displayed the impenetrable motivation of the land of the free and the home of the brave.

I am personally honored to be taking part in telling the story of soldiers in The War Tapes. Premiering in NYC of all places!!!!!!!!!!.

Michael Moriarty is one of the Soldiers with Cameras.