In honor of Veterans Day

November 11, 2013

Letter by 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels on Veterans Day 

Dear Friends,

In honor of Veterans Day, today at the 9/11 Memorial, yellow roses have been placed at the names of those killed in the 9/11 attacks who served in the U.S. military. These roses are an important reminder of the contributions made by those who were taken from us too soon.

Today, we salute their service along with the service performed by all of our country's veterans and active and retired military. Veterans Day is our opportunity to say thank you to every brave man and woman in uniform who has sacrificed so much on behalf of our country. Their dedication is extraordinary and their courage has enabled us to enjoy the precious freedoms of our democracy.

The connection between 9/11 and veterans is strong. There are thousands who were inspired to serve our country in response to the attacks despite knowing the incredible risks and the incalculable cost of that service.

Since opening on the tenth anniversary, we have welcomed more than 10 million visitors to the Memorial, including many veterans and active and retired U.S. military. The Memorial has proudly hosted re-enlistment and commissioning ceremonies and military leaders from all branches of the armed forces. These men and women deserve our gratitude and will always be welcome and honored at this sacred place.

Many of these military visitors take the time to tell us what 9/11 means to them. One such visitor is Master Sergeant Bubba Beason, who shared his thoughts with the Memorial Museum shortly before the start of his seventh tour of duty. When he deployed to Afghanistan in 2010, Beason carried with him two pieces of steel recovered from the World Trade Center site. You can learn more about Beason's story and listen to him speak about the steel's significance and how 9/11 affected him on the 9/11 Memorial Memo Blog.

Please join me today in saying thank you to our veterans for all that they have done. You can share a message in their honor through social media using the hashtag #ThankaVet. This country would not be the great nation that it is without all those who have defended and continue to defend us at home and overseas.

Warm regards,

Joe Daniels
President & CEO