Honoring Our Nation's Veterans

November 11, 2012

Letter by 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels on Honoring our Nation's Veterans

Yesterday, a wreath was laid at the foot of the Survivor Tree in commemoration of the service and sacrifice that so many veterans have made for our country. It was humbling to be able to join with representatives from the United War Veterans Council, the Vietnam Veterans Association, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and the Wounded Warriors Project to recognize our veterans and to thank them, from the sacred ground of the 9/11 Memorial, for defending the freedom that makes this nation great. 

The bond between the 9/11 Memorial and our veterans runs deep. Men and women from across the country felt a compelling need to do something after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and many enlisted in the military, including Kathleen Santora, who joined the U.S. Army in memory of her brother Firefighter Christopher Santora, a member of FDNY Engine 54 who perished at the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Since the 9/11 Memorial opened a little over a year ago, we have welcomed more than 5 million visitors from across the country and around the world, including many active and retired U.S. military and veterans. Some bear scars and wounds from their service and others come in remembrance of fallen comrades. All are owed our gratitude for the sacrifices they and their families make for our country.

The 9/11 Memorial's commitment to honor and remember embraces all who have had the unwavering courage to selflessly serve our nation. This Veterans Day, please join me in recognizing the millions of veterans and those who continue to protect our country both at home and abroad.

God bless the United States of America,

Joe Daniels
President & CEO