MacArthur Introduces Legislation to Preserve the 9/11 Memorial
Washington, DC - Congressman Tom MacArthur today announced that he has introduced legislation to protect and preserve the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center in New York. He has been joined by Members of both parties in this important bill.
The National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act will support the 9/11 Memorial Foundation and guarantee this sacred site will always be a free place of remembrance open to all. The act will designate the 9/11 Memorial as a national memorial and authorize up to $25 million in annual funding for the operations and security of the 9/11 Memorial plaza. The site hosts over six million visitors per year and security remains a top concern deserving of federal support and stability.
“The National September 11 Memorial is this country’s tribute of enduring honor to all who perished in the terror attacks and the brave men and women who responded that day. It will forever remind our nation of how Americans, with resilience and commitment, rebuilt what hatred destroyed,” 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels said. “The National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act would bring the support this nationally significant Memorial deserves. I want to commend and thank Representatives Tom MacArthur, Jerrold Nadler, Carolyn Maloney, Peter King, and Ken Calvert for introducing this legislation and for recognizing that the federal government, as well as private support, is needed to help protect the future of this sacred Memorial. The 9/11 Memorial has welcomed more than 20 million visitors over the past four years, including people from every state in the U.S. and over 150 countries. This includes members of the United States armed forces, as well as heads of state and so many others from around the world, who have come here to pay their respects at what should be officially recognized by this country as a national memorial of the United States.”
“I was working in New York City when terrorists tore a hole in the skyline and nearly 3,000 Americans lost their lives,” said Tom MacArthur. “The hearts of Americans around the country break for the spouses, parents, siblings, and children who lost a loved one on September 11, 2001. We can never forget the tragic events of that day, which have changed our lives forever, and I want to ensure that this memorial site will be here for years to come giving millions of people around the world the chance to honor the lives that were lost that day. A federal recognition of this kind will solidify the memorial’s standing and recognize the endurance of the survivors, the bravery of those that risked their lives to save others, and the power of our free nation to overcome evil with good.”