Finally was able to find the pictures I was talking about. During 8th grade, we went on an overnight field trip to New York City and one of the stops on our tour was a visit to Ground Zero. Here are a few pictures that my mother or I took of the area. These pictures were taken a few days before Christmas in 2002.
These last couple pictures are from a trip later on in the school year to Washington DC. These couple artifacts were in a museum, though I am not sure which museum.