Marking the 20th Anniversary: Commemorative March Honors Recovery Workers

  • August 25, 2021
Uniformed first responders wearing hard hats walk in two neat rows away from the Ground Zero site.

May 30, 2002: Workers ceremoniously walk out of Ground Zero after almost nine months of rescue, recovery, and relief efforts.

On September 12, 2001, New York and the world awoke to a new reality. What unfolded on that day, and in the weeks and months ahead, was the resiliency of a nation and the thousands of recovery workers and volunteers who rushed to Ground Zero to aid in the rescue, recovery, and relief efforts of the worst terrorist attack on American soil.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks, and as the nation and the world prepare to honor the memories of those killed, we are also reminded of the courage and strength of those who helped us heal in the aftermath and that out of tragedy comes resilience and the creation of impactful organizations like HEART 9/11

HEART 9/11 (Healing Emergency Aid Response Team) was formed by a group of first responders from the Port Authority Police Department, Fire Department of New York, New York Police Department, and the New York City Building Trades who bonded after 9/11 and who have combined their experiences to aid communities in need from natural and manmade disasters. Their mission is to respond to these disasters and rebuild hard-hit areas like the hurricane-torn Bahamas in 2019 and Puerto Rico in 2017, as well as flood-ravaged Louisiana in 2016. But the work of HEART 9/11 continues beyond their response to disasters: they also contribute to the resiliency of impacted communities in the same spirit that the world supported New York City after September 11, 2001.

As a long-time partner and supporter of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, HEART 9/11 is commemorating the 20th anniversary with a march to honor recovery workers, taking place on September 12, 2021. The 0.8-mile march will begin at 8 a.m. at North Moore and Greenwich Streets, and end at the World Trade Center site. Proceeds raised from the march will help power the mission of HEART 9/11 to respond and rebuild while helping others in their search for recovery and resiliency.

Register for the march and pledge your support for the mission of HEART 9/11 and the first responders who contributed to the 9/11 recovery mission. 

By 9/11 Memorial Staff

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