September 11, 2011

9/11 Memorial  

Dear 9/11 Memorial Supporters,

Ten years ago, our world changed forever. Today, we remember the 2,983 men, women and children who were taken from us too soon on what should have been a beautiful Tuesday morning. We remember airplanes transformed into weapons and iconic buildings destroyed. We also remember how we came together to mourn and to care for one another, with an unmistakable resolve to overcome the tragedy.

We promised then that we would always remember those who perished. Today, we as a country fulfill that obligation to never forget by opening the National September 11 Memorial in a dedication ceremony attended by thousands of victims' family members. For the first time, these families are able to touch the names of their loved ones, now inscribed around the sacred tower footprints for time immemorial.

The pain of 9/11 can never be erased. But there is an undeniable importance to the 10th anniversary--and an unquestionable sense of hope at seeing the progress at the World Trade Center site. In the years since 9/11, we've seen our city and our country come together around building the 9/11 Memorial, and today's dedication is testament to that unity. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to hundreds of thousands of people from across the country and around the world.

I cannot begin to thank the thousands of men and women who have made the building of the 9/11 Memorial their passion.  Teams from the Memorial, the City of New York, the Port Authority, the State of New York, the architects and engineers and every single construction worker have all contributed to building something that befits the sacredness of the ground upon which the 9/11 Memorial sits.

Tomorrow, the public will be able to set foot on the World Trade Center site for the first time in ten years. Already, people from all 50 states and more than 70 countries have reserved a free pass to visit. I hope you will take the opportunity to plan your own visit on our website:

From this day forward, the Memorial will be a constant reminder not only of what we have endured, but also of our ability to come together, in the wake of tragedy, with limitless compassion.

 We hope to welcome you soon.

 God Bless America,


Joe Daniels

President CEO