The National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City will be the construction of a permanent commitment to remember the employees who helped with the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero in 2001.
In a press release on Tuesday, the 9/11 museum announced plans to create a permanent dedication in the Memorial Glade, the grassy area near the Survivor Tree is used for meetings and ceremonies.
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The wager is in the works for a number of months, according to the press release, and will expand on existing exhibitions and programming that examine the impact of the 9/11 disaster on the health of those who were exposed such as workers, employees, relatives, neighbors, and others.”
“Thousands of people converged on the World Trade Center Site immediately after the attacks to show the world that our city and our country were not defeated,” said the former New York city Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose group, Bloomberg Philanthropies, is helping to fund the commitment. “We thank these men and women of the recovery of a large debt of gratitude, and they deserve a fitting tribute for their courage, sacrifice and courage.”
New York Gov. Cuomo said that this permanent commitment will provide for the rescue workers and first responders “who embody the best values of New Yorkers … will never be forgotten.”
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“A lot of rescue and recovery workers will tell you that they responded to Ground Zero, because she felt a duty to act,” said former Daily Show host Jon Stewart, who is a member of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum Board. “Without attention to their own health and well-being, and with no demand for recognition, these men and women played a crucial role in helping us in New York and across the country back on our feet. Today, thousands are living with serious illnesses and die at an alarming rate. I am very happy that this is finally happening, that this bet will give them the recognition they are due.”
The plans for the monument were announced on 30 May 2017 – exactly 15 years ago that recovery operations at the World Trade Center was completed in 2002.