The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, brought loss and grief on a scale we had never known. But in the dark days that followed, the indomitable spirit of our city and nation shined more brightly than ever, as stories of heroism and sacrifice inspired us all. And together, we made a solemn vow: that we would never forget those we lost and that we would forever share their stories with the world.
That is why we built the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
The Memorial & Museum provide a place of reflection and remembrance. They are designed to help those who were most affected by the attacks to heal – and those with no memory of the attacks to understand losses that will forever be incomprehensible.
Americans from all 50 states – and visitors from more than 175 countries – have already visited the Memorial, and the Museum will draw many millions more. I encourage everyone to visit. You will walk away awed and inspired.
I also want to thank the hundreds of thousands of people who contributed to the building of the Memorial & Museum, including all the family members who donated artifacts, all the donors who gave so generously, and all the construction workers who poured their hearts into the work.
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum stands as a powerful tribute to the victims of the attacks – and to the power of the human spirit. Its importance will grow with each passing year.
Michael R. Bloomberg
Chairman, National September 11 Memorial & Museum