National Memorial Tour Comes to Raleigh, NC; Victims’ Family Members, 9/11 Survivor and First Responders Sign Steel Beam for Memorial
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum today will open a tribute exhibition which is touring nationally, in Raleigh, North Carolina. The traveling exhibition, which honors the nearly 3,000 men and women who lost their lives on September 11, is intended to raise funds and awareness in support of building the National Memorial & Museum at Ground Zero. In a ceremony at Raleigh’s Nash Square later this morning, first responders, family members who lost loved ones on 9/11, and a survivor from the World Trade Center attacks, will be among those signing a steel beam that will be used in the construction of the Memorial & Museum.
The exhibition tells the story of September 11 through photographs, artifacts and a short film from the point of view of families, responders, survivors, volunteers and everyday people who came together in the aftermath of the attacks. People from across the country are invited to come together again to pay tribute to the victims and to sign a steel beam that will be used in the construction of the Memorial & Museum.
“In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, our nation came together in a show of extraordinary unity,” said New York City Mayor and National September 11 Memorial & Museum Chairman Michael R. Bloomberg. “Building the National Memorial & Museum is an opportunity for people to come together again to create a lasting legacy for future generations. This tour will allow people across the country to take part in the creation of a new monument that signifies our response to the attacks and offers hope for the future.”
“Through this national tour we will involve as many Americans as possible in the building of the Memorial & Museum. September 11, 2001, was a defining event in this country’s history, and we are creating a national symbol that, like the Statue of Liberty, will tell us something about who we are as Americans,” said Joe Daniels, President and CEO, National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
The exhibition’s opening ceremonies are expected to include remarks from North Carolina Congressman Brad Miller (D-13th); Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker; Fire Chief John McGrath; National September 11 Memorial & Museum President and CEO Joe Daniels; Keating Crown, Memorial & Museum Board Member and survivor of the World Trade Center attacks; and Lou Mendes, Memorial & Museum VP of Design and Construction.
On behalf of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Lou Mendes will present the City of Raleigh and its first responders with an American flag that was flown over Ground Zero. In the aftermath of 9/11, Mendes helped direct clean-up and recovery efforts at Ground Zero for the City of New York’s Department of Design and Construction.
After the ceremony, participants will be invited to sign a steel beam that will be used in the construction of the Memorial & Museum. The event will conclude with a tour of the exhibition, which includes a detailed timeline of the events of September 11, photographs, artifacts and a short film.
“We are honored to have this moving tribute in Raleigh,” said Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker. “September 11th was a shared tragedy; a day that touched every American no matter where we were or what we were doing. I encourage all residents to visit the tribute exhibition, sign the beam and make a donation. Let's continue to do whatever we can do to build our National Memorial.”
“My goal is that people never forget,” said Elaine Teague, of Winston-Salem, whose daughter was killed when her plane crashed into the Pentagon. “For us, for the families, it is heart wrenching every day.” Teague will attend the opening ceremonies in Raleigh to honor her daughter Sandra Dawn Teague, a 31-year-old physical therapist from Virginia who was on her way to a three-week vacation in Australia.
The steel beam used in the exhibition, manufactured by South Carolina-based Owen Steel Company, is part of the structural steel for the Memorial & Museum. In May 2007, the Memorial & Museum selected Owen Steel to supply, fabricate and erect the steel for the project. The beam is approximately 37 feet in length, and weighs about four tons.
The exhibition will be open today from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with opening ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m., and September 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Following Raleigh, the exhibition will travel to Norfolk, Virginia. For more information on the tour and additional tour stops, visit the Memorial & Museum’s website, http://www.national911memorial.org/. As details and locations are confirmed, tour information will be posted on the website.
The Memorial & Museum has raised $300 million towards its private fundraising goal of $350 million. This figure includes funds to support capital and planning costs, as well as an initial endowment to support operations once the Memorial & Museum opens.
Construction of the Memorial began in March 2006, with preliminary work to cover the original box beam columns that outline the perimeters of the Twin Towers. In August 2006, heavy construction work began to build the footings that will hold up the Memorial, Museum, and Plaza. Late this year, steel is expected to begin to rise at the site.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is the not-for-profit corporation created to realize the Memorial quadrant at the World Trade Center site. The organization is responsible for raising the funds and overseeing the design for the project and will program and operate the Memorial & Museum located on 8 of the 16 acres of the site.
The Memorial will remember and honor the thousands of people who died in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993, and September 11, 2001. The design, created by Michael Arad and Peter Walker, consists of two pools that reside in the footprints of the original Twin Towers, surrounded by a plaza of oak trees. The Arad/Walker design was selected from a design competition that included more than 5,000 entrants from 63 nations.
The Museum will display monumental artifacts associated with the events of September 11th, while presenting intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning and recovery that are central to telling the story of September 11th and its aftermath. It will communicate key messages that embrace both the specificity and the universal implications of the events of 9/11; document the impact of those events on individual lives, as well as on local, national, and international communities; and explore the continuing significance of these events for our global community.
Donations can be made through and more information can be found at the Memorial & Museum’s website, http://www.national911memorial.org/, or by calling 1-877-WTC-GIVE.