November 11, 2014
Letter by 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels on Salute to Service in Honor of Veterans Day
On this Veterans Day, the 9/11 Memorial honors the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces and pays tribute to their commitment and sacrifice. Today, we also recognize the U.S. military service of those who were killed in the 9/11 attacks, by placing a yellow rose at each veteran's name on the Memorial.
In the aftermath of 9/11, thousands responded with extraordinary courage by answering the call to serve. These men and women carry on a tradition of valor and dedication that has been the backbone of the U.S. military throughout this nation's history. We are proud to have several of these heroes on the 9/11 Memorial's Board of Directors, including John C. Whitehead, the organization's founding chairman, who served in the U.S. Navy, participating in the invasions of Normandy, Iwo Jima and Okinawa, Maurice Greenberg, who served in the U.S. Army in WWII and the Korean conflict, rose to the rank of Captain, and was awarded the Bronze Star of Valor, Lee Ielpi, who served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and was also awarded the Bronze Star of Valor, and John E. Zuccotti, who served in the U.S. Army.
In the days leading up to Veterans Day, these veterans, and the hundreds who have joined their ranks, were honored at the 9/11 Memorial throughout a five-day Salute to Service. With the support of our visitors, we paid tribute to our country's veterans, and the families who support them, with a series of special programs and events. Of course, the gratitude we have for this nation's military extends throughout the year. The Memorial has proudly welcomed thousands of veterans and active duty and retired military, many of whom served in Iraq and Afghanistan, including five recent Medal of Honor recipients.
Please join us in saying thank you to our veterans today by sharing a message of support on social media using the hashtag #ThankaVet. These men and women, who help light the way for this exceptional nation deserve our sincerest gratitude for their sacrifice, their courage, and their devoted service.
Joe Daniels President & CEO