John C. Whitehead

Tribute to a Great American Hero

“John Whitehead exemplified the very best of the Greatest Generation. His life was defined by a sense of duty, and time and again he served his country and city with great honor and distinction. John played a central role in creating the Lower Manhattan we know today - so alive with activity - and he poured his heart into the rebuilding of the World Trade Center and the construction of The National September 11 Memorial and Museum, which has welcomed nearly 18 million visitors from around the world. Many of those visitors have never heard of John Whitehead - he never sought the limelight - but all are there as a result of his determined leadership. Our city is stronger, and our world is freer, because of his service. I was very lucky to call him a friend.”  

– Michael R. Bloomberg