AVA Founder and CEO Paul Rieckhoff and 10 other organizations dedicated to honoring and remembering the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks have called on the U.S. Senate to pass legislation to designate the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site as a national memorial.
The House passed the National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act (H.R. 3036) in February with near-unanimous support. It now must be acted upon by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Their joint letter was addressed to the panel’s Chairman, Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Since its opening on the 10th anniversary of the attacks, over 25 million people from every state in the nation and over 170 foreign countries have visited the 9/11 Memorial to honor the victims and celebrate our nation’s resilience. The sheer numbers and positive visitor feedback underscores the importance that people from all over the world place on coming to this sacred site to remember, reflect and learn.
“America must commit to ensuring that the world never forgets, and pass this bill into law by the 15th anniversary of the attacks,” Rieckhoff said. “For our generation of veterans, especially those like me who were at Ground Zero as first responders, this memorial is an essential part of our legacy. This is not just about us, it’s about ensuring generations to come never forget.”
Other organizations in the letter include: Pentagon Memorial Fund, Tuesday’s Children, 9/11 Tribute Center, Voices of September 11th, NY Says Thank You, Heart 9/11, September 11th Education Trust, Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, Project Rebirth, National 9/11 Day Of Service/My Good Deed.