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NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM IN CINCINNATI

 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2007 3:27 pm    Post subject: NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM IN CINCINNATI
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Saturday, September 29, 2007

NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM OPENS TRIBUTE EXHIBITION IN CINCINNATI, OHIO
9/11 Family Member, Local First Responders, and Four Ohio Teenagers Who Walked 650 Miles to Raise Money for Memorial to Sign Steel Beam

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum today will open a tribute exhibition that is touring nationally, in Cincinnati, Ohio. 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 the Cincinnati Firefighters Memorial later this morning, a victim's family member, local first responders, and four Ohio teenagers who walked 650 miles to raise money for the Memorial, 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 Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr.; Ohio Congressman Steve Chabot; Cincinnati Firefighter Union Local 48 President Marc Monahan; Memorial & Museum President and CEO Joe Daniels; and Memorial & Museum Board Member Thomas Rogér, who lost his daughter Jean Rogér, a flight attendant on Flight 11.

Pastor Mark Green will help begin the event with an invocation and both Cincinnati Fire Chief Robert Wright and Police Chief Col. Thomas Streicher will offer prayers. Boy Scout troop 502 will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and Cincinnati Firefighter John Winfrey will sing God Bless America.

Four teenagers from Rossford, Ohio will also join the ceremony. To commemorate the 5th anniversary of 9/11, Chad Coulter, Dustin Dean, Tad Millinger, and Brandon Reinhard walked 650 miles raising a total of $14,000 to help build the National September 11 Memorial and $3,500 for the Flight 93 Memorial. They began their walk on July 22, 2006 in Rossford, OH passing through Shanksville, PA on their way to the World Trade Center site in New York City. To acknowledge their dedication, the boys will be presented with a certificate dedicating a cobblestone on the Memorial Plaza in their honor.

Coulter, Dean, Millinger, and Reinhard will join Memorial President Joe Daniels in presenting a flag that was flown over Ground Zero to the City of Cincinnati and its first responders. Cincinnati Fire Department and Ohio Task Force One Lieutenants Grant Light and Mike Cayse will accept the flag and lead a moment of silence.

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 Cincinnati," said Ed Dadosky, Cincinnati Fire Department, District Fire Chief. "September 11 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."

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 10:00 a.m and Sunday, September 30 from 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. Following Cincinnati, the exhibition will travel to Lexington, KY. 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 tour was launched in Columbia, South Carolina on September 10 and has already garnered the interest and support of thousands of visitors, yielding nearly $1 million in contributions since the announcement of the tour schedule in August. Because of the widespread public interest in the tour, ten additional cities were added, extending the tour's reach to 25 states by the end of the year.

On September 23, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the Memorial & Museum has raised more than $325 million towards its private fundraising goal of $350 million from donors in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries. This figure includes funds to support capital and planning costs, as well as an initial endowment to support operations once the Memorial & Museum opens. In less than one year, nearly $190 million of funds was raised.

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. At the end of 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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