Bill to Federally Recognize 9/11 Memorial Passes House

A reflecting pool of the 9/11 Memorial is seen illuminated at night. Surrounding buildings, including One World Trade Center, are lit up in the background.
A view of the 9/11 Memorial at night. Photo by Jin Lee.

New Jersey Congressman Tom MacArthur announced on Tuesday that his legislation to designate the 9/11 Memorial as a national memorial has passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

MacArthur introduced the National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act that will authorize a grant to help secure the memorial site.

“Thank you to my colleagues in the House for your support of this important legislation. Together we have made a solemn vow to honor the fallen, and protect the living,” said MacArthur, according to

The House passed the bill with 387 voting for the legislation and 12 voting against it.

“Federal recognition of the 9/11 Memorial plaza as a national memorial will help to ensure it will be preserved as an important place of remembrance and honor for our country and people around the world. We owe our gratitude to Rep. Tom MacArthur, the New York delegation and the many co-sponsors for their support in our efforts to ensure we never forget,” said 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels.

The Memorial plaza is free to visitors and this funding will help keep it accessible to all.

By 9/11 Memorial staff

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