September 30, 2011
Letter by 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels on New York Times: Support for the 9/11 Memorial
Since our public opening on September 12, 2011, tens of thousands of visitors from all 50 states and more than 80 countries around the world have come to the National September 11 Memorial to pay their respects to the victims of the 2001 and 1993 attacks. The feedback from all of those visitors has been overwhelmingly positive. Recently, one of our nation's top travel writers, Arthur Frommer, wrote, "I can, without hesitation, recommend that [the 9/11 Memorial] be regarded as an indispensable visit on any stay in New York. It has, in my view, far greater impact, is far more memorable and touching, than any write-up in the press has yet pictured it." I want to thank you all for your support through the years.
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is a not-for-profit organization tasked with operating, maintaining, and developing this site, in honor of the 2,983 men, women, and children whose names are now forever inscribed here in bronze. We are committed to sustaining this place of remembrance for generations to come through our dual mission of commemoration and education.
Yesterday, The New York Times penned an editorial in support of legislation that would provide dedicated federal funding to the Memorial and Museum. I encourage you to read the editorial by clicking here.
This much-needed funding would help to sustain the Memorial through a true public-private partnership. Our organization will continue to raise funds privately and the legislation, if passed, would provide for approximately one-third of our projected annual operating costs. The legislation was introduced by Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii). He worked for years to support the memorial at Pearl Harbor and recognizes the 9/11 Memorial as a national tribute that deserves continued federal support.
In his statement on the Senate floor, Sen. Inouye recalled being in Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was attacked and then joining the Army to fight for our country. "America was awakened in similar fashion on the morning of September 11, 2001," he said, "And ten years later we are still fighting and dying to create a future better than the one we lost that day."
Now that the Memorial is open, it is imperative that Congress pass this bill so that we can focus on reaching another historic milestone: completing and opening the 9/11 Memorial Museum by September 11, 2012.
President & CEO