September 11, 2013
Letter by 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels on the Rescue and Recovery at the World Trade Center
Today marks the 12th anniversary of the official end of the rescue and recovery effort. In the days immediately following the attacks on 9/11, tens of thousands of people responded to the World Trade Center. Their resilience and compassion showed the rest of the world that our spirit would not be broken and that we would, through it all, recover.
This historic rescue and recovery operation is a critical part of the story told in the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Visitors can learn more about the unyielding efforts of those who responded in the historical exhibition or in Foundation Hall, where the 36-foot tall Last Column stands. Marking the end of the nine-month recovery effort on May 30, 2002, the Last Column was the final piece of steel to be removed from Ground Zero. During those grueling months, it was covered from top to bottom with photos, signatures, memorial cards, and other tributes to the fallen. Now, it stands proudly in testament to the dedication of those who played an indispensable role in helping our nation heal.
This morning, we will lay a wreath at the Survivor Tree in honor of the thousands of rescue and recovery workers whose selfless actions brought hope to a city and nation in its darkest hour. Please join me in thanking these heroic men and women.
President & CEO