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|Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 4:12 pm Post subject: NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM ANNOUNCES TOUR
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Sunday, September 23, 2007
NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM ANNOUNCES TOUR TO REACH 25 STATES THIS YEAR
Thousands Visit Tour and Nearly $1 Million Raised
Memorial & Museum Opens Tribute Exhibition in Pittsburgh, PA
National September 11 Memorial & Museum Chairman and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced two major advances in building the National September 11 Memorial & Museum: the addition of ten new tour stops, extending the reach of the Memorial & Museum September 11 tribute exhibition to 25 states; and new fundraising momentum bringing the total raised to $325 million, nearly $190 million of which was raised in under one year. The announcement was made today as the Memorial & Museum opened the tour's tribute exhibition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Earlier in the day, the Mayor was in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where he toured the temporary Memorial for Flight 93. The traveling exhibition, which honors the nearly 3,000 men and women who lost their lives on September 11, is intended to raise awareness and support for the creation of the National Memorial & Museum at Ground Zero.
"The outpouring of interest in the tribute exhibition across the country continues to bolster our support for building a national Memorial & Museum," said Mayor Bloomberg. "It's clear that this exhibition touches deeply-held feelings about the attacks and how we came together as a country in the aftermath. Now, people are coming together again to help make sure that future generations understand the story of September 11 by building a lasting memorial.
"Because of the enthusiasm we have already seen, the tour will be extended to an additional ten states across the country. Thanks to the tremendous support for this project, we have reached a new fundraising milestone of $325 million in our campaign. Everyone has an opportunity to be a part of building the Memorial & Museum whether it's by visiting the exhibition, signing the steel beam or making a donation," Mayor Bloomberg said.
"Americans of all ages are participating in building the National September 11 Memorial & Museum," said Joe Daniels, President and CEO, National September 11 Memorial & Museum. "9/11 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. Since launching the tour, thousands of people have visited the exhibition to reflect and remember and have done their part by donating and adding their name to a steel beam that will be used to build the Memorial & Museum. The response we have seen is heartening and we are excited to bring the exhibition to ten additional states."
Tour Extended to Reach 25 States
The national tour has already garnered the interest and support of thousands of visitors during its first three stops in Columbia, SC; Raleigh, NC; and Norfolk, VA, and has yielded nearly $1 million in additional contributions since the tour announcement in August. Because of the widespread public interest in the tribute exhibition, ten new cities have been added to the tour schedule, extending the tour's reach to 25 states. As details and locations are confirmed, tour information will be posted on the Memorial & Museum's website, http://www.national911memorial.org/. The new tour cities include:
St. Louis, MO
Little Rock, AR
Oklahoma City, OK
Ft. Worth, TX
$325 Million Raised to Date To Build National Memorial & Museum; In Under One Year, Nearly $190 Million of Funds Raised
The Memorial & Museum has made substantial progress in its fundraising campaign, with over $325 million now raised through donors in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries. In less than one year, nearly $190 million has been raised.
The $325 million benchmark was reached through a combination of corporate, foundation, and individual leadership gifts as well as tour sponsorships, online donations, onsite tour giving and mailings.
In January 2007, Mayor Bloomberg expanded the $300 million private fundraising goal to $350 million to support capital and planning costs, as well as an initial endowment to support operations.
Memorial & Museum Opens Tribute Exhibition in Pittsburgh, PA
The tribute exhibition visited its fourth city today. The exhibition tells the story of September 11 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.
The exhibition's opening ceremonies included remarks from Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Doyle; Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl; National September 11 Memorial & Museum Chairman and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Memorial & Museum President and CEO Joe Daniels; and FDNY Lieutenant (Ret.) and 9/11 First Responder and Survivor Mickey Kross.
On behalf of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Mickey Kross presented the City of Pittsburgh and its first responders with an American flag that was flown over Ground Zero. On September 11, 2001, Kross was a New York City firefighter with Engine Company 16, Ladder 7 and responded to the call that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. He was one of 14 people trapped within a staircase to survive the collapse of the North Tower.
Paula Grant Berry, Memorial & Museum Board Member, who lost her husband on 9/11 and was one of 13 jurors who selected the design for the National September 11 Memorial, joined the ceremony, along with Pittsburgh Fire Chief and Public Safety Director Michael Huss, Assistant Fire Chief Darryl Jones, Police Chief Nathan Harper, EMS Chief Robert McCaughan, Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Colonel Licata of the Community Anti-Terrorism Training Institute.
After the ceremony, participants were invited to sign a steel beam that will be used in the construction of the Memorial & Museum. The event concluded with a tour of the exhibition, which includes a detailed timeline of the events of September 11, photographs, artifacts and a short film.
"Pittsburgh is honored to have this important, historic tribute come our city," said Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. "We, like all Americans, shared in the tragedy of September 11th, and I encourage all residents to now share in the building of this important Memorial & Museum. Sign the beam, make a donation -- let's continue to do what we can to build our National Memorial."
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 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Following Pittsburgh, the exhibition will travel to Charleston, West Virginia on September 26. 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.
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 11, while presenting intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning and recovery that are central to telling the story of September 11 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.
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