Commemorating Memorial Day

May 25, 2012

Letter from 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels Commemorating Memorial Day

This Memorial Day weekend, we remember the many Americans who have served and are currently serving in our nation's military--many of whom enlisted as a response to the 9/11 attacks. As families and friends gather throughout the United States to remember the sacrifices of our fallen heroes, we take time to reflect on the lives of those who have defended the freedoms upon which our nation is built. This weekend is about the men and women of the U.S. military who have died--who have given, in the words of President Abraham Lincoln, "the last full measure of devotion"--so that this country remains the shining example of freedom and liberty that will always be a light to the rest of the world. 

On Monday, May 28, in tribute to the men and women serving our country, we will provide an official September 11 National Medal to the first 1,776 U.S. military who visit the 9/11 Memorial. Last week, I had the rare honor of visiting the U.S. Mint facility at West Point to see the medal being forged, and watched as it was stamped with a design emblematic of the courage, sacrifice, and strength we saw in the aftermath of 9/11.

The final sacrifice of our soldiers throughout our 229 year history--be they on a field in Massachusetts when we declared our independence or on a lonely road in an unnamed mountain pass in Afghanistan--should never be forgotten.

Warm regards,
Joe Daniels
President & CEO