9/11 Memorial President and CEO Joe Daniels directs planning, construction, development, programming and operations for the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Through his work, he is honored to meet many of the families, friends, and colleagues of the nearly 3,000 victims. Daniels will share his personal experiences at the memorial, and much more, in the “Thank You for Visiting” series on the MEMO blog.
After a successful inaugural 5K Run/Walk because of you, I hope you all can join us again on April 27, 2014 for the second annual 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk and Family Day.
Please save the date on your calendar and visit 911memorial.org/5k for updates as we get closer to next year’s event.
Last month, nearly 3,000 participants gathered for the first-ever 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk. We came together to honor and remember the 2,983 people whose names are inscribed in bronze at the memorial. The run finished just steps from the memorial’s entrance, and after finishing the course, teams of family and friends gathered on the plaza around their loved ones’ names and the Survivor Tree, sharing stories and memories and leaving tributes, including scores of American flags.
It was also moving to see participants who chose to honor the victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon attack. In the aftermath of the Boston attack, we were reminded, as we were in the aftermath of 9/11, that people can come together to care for one another with limitless compassion. We saw tremendous heroism in the faces of those who sprang into action after the bombs detonated, those who provided medical care to the injured, and those who sent their love from across the nation to people they have never met, in a city they may never have been. The positive legacy of 9/11 is made up of thousands of similar stories of heroism and bravery—stories of firefighters who ran in as others fled, and of survivors who barely escaped with their lives, but not without bringing others along to safety.
On April 21, we ran and walked for them, and we ran and walked for those who continue to sacrifice so much for this country. To everyone who joined a team, fundraised, and participated: thank you for making this event a success. Thank you for visiting.
By Joe Daniels
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