Tribute in the Making for First Responders, Recovery Workers

Recovery Effort Photograph of Ground Zero taken by Kevin Mount.jpg
First responders and recovery workers are surrounded by debris at the World Trade Center site following the attacks. (Archive photo/Kevin Mount)

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels today announced a special event recognizing the 10th anniversary of May 30, 2002, which marked the formal end of cleanup operations at Ground Zero. The event, to be held at the 9/11 Memorial on May 30 beginning at 6:30 p.m., will honor the thousands of men and women who came to the site in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. The event is open to 9/11 rescue, recovery and relief workers and their guests. Because capacity on the 9/11 Memorial plaza is limited, those who wish to attend must register and reserve a pass online at www.911memorial.org/may30.

The story of the rescue and recovery effort will be one of the aspects of history preserved in the 9/11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center. By registering for the tribute event, recovery workers are helping to build the museum's recovery and relief workers registry and the Scroll of Honor, a permanent installation surrounding the Last Column, which was the last steel beam removed from the site May 30, 2002.

“The efforts by the first responders and recovery workers at the World Trade Center site were nothing short of heroic,” said Bloomberg, chairman of the 9/11 Memorial. “New Yorkers and men and women from across the country came to our aid when we needed it most, and we will always be grateful. This event will allow us to honor the sacrifice made by so many.”

“The story of the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center in the wake of 9/11 is an essential part of the history of the United States,” Daniels said. “Our gratitude cannot equal the sacrifices of these men and women, but it will be an honor to thank them on the 10-year anniversary of the end of their remarkable efforts.”

By 9/11 Memorial Staff

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