May 30, 2012
Letter by 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels Remembering May 30, 2002
Ten years ago today, the final structural steel column from the original World Trade Center was ceremoniously removed, marking the official end to the recovery effort. This 58-ton piece of steel known as the "Last Column" had been marked with graffiti of remembrance from first responders, construction workers, and others who had participated in the grueling nine-month rescue and recovery operations at Ground Zero. The column will be a centerpiece of the 9/11 Memorial Museum along with the stories of these selfless men and women.
Immediately after the attacks of September 11th, thousands of people converged on the World Trade Center site to assist in any way possible. They worked to locate victims and begin the painful process of clearing nearly 2 million tons of material from the site. The recovery workers simply asked: How can I help?
Those working at Ground Zero during those nine months showed to the world that our city and our country were not defeated, and that we could and would rebuild. Their work was the first step in making the 9/11 Memorial a possibility, and we will never forget that. Every recovery worker has a story, and we want to make sure that every recovery worker is represented in the 9/11 Memorial Museum. If you worked at Ground Zero or know someone who did, I encourage you to include your information in our Museum's Recovery Worker Registry and Scroll of Honor by clicking here. The Scroll of Honor will be a permanent installation in the Museum surrounding the Last Column.
In keeping with our tribute to recovery workers, this morning we launched an interactive timeline of the rescue and recovery effort. The timeline features photos, videos, and oral histories from September 12, 2001 through May 30, 2002, telling the story of the cleanup and investigation efforts at the World Trade Center site, along with information about recovery at the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pa. To begin exploring the Ground Zero Recovery Timeline click here.
Tonight, we will welcome recovery workers from across the country back to the World Trade Center for a special tribute to the work they completed 10 years ago. I hope you will join me in expressing your gratitude to them for their hard work and dedication by sharing a message of support on the 9/11 Memorial's Facebook page or by tweeting with #May30WTC.
Thank you for helping us commemorate May 30th as a tremendously important date in our nation's history.
President & CEO