Luncheon at Sardi's on March 1, 2011

Our special guest speaker this month was Joseph C. Daniels, President and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.  Only 194 days from opening this September 11, 2011, ten years after the worst terrorist attack on American soil, Mr. Daniels informed our members that the Memorial will stand as a testament to the nearly three thousand who died that day: from the oldest at 85 years old to the youngest at 2 ½; from the people who represent 92 nations to the 400 first responders.  The Memorial will put a face to those lost that day…and the projected 5-7 million visitors a year will not only see their faces, but will have an opportunity to get to know them through individualized portraits supplied by their families.

In addition, Mr. Daniels elaborated on The Museum’s mission. He said that the Museum has three goals:

First and foremost it is the global focal point for preserving what happened on September 11, 2001.  The accounts of that day will be told through first-person narratives and artifacts preserved from the sites of the attacks.

Second, teach why it happened.  Look at the previous acts of terrorism, the rise of Al Qaeda, and the context of history.

Third, what happened in the aftermath of the attacks and what it means for our future.

Collectively, the Memorial and Museum will stand on 8 acres, surrounded by 400 trees and the largest manmade waterfall in the U.S. – a peaceful and serene environment in which to reflect on the many acts of heroism and the coming together of the city, nation and world during this tragic time.

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