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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

MacArthur Protects the 9/11 Memorial

February 9, 2016
Press Release
Honoring the fallen, protecting the living

Washington, DC - Congressman Tom MacArthur today announced that his legislation to protect and preserve the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center in New York has passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

The National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act will designate the 9/11 outdoor Memorial Plaza as a National Memorial and authorize a competitive grant to help secure the memorial site and honor the victims of September 11th and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. 

“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. “My experience is shared by many in New Jersey and New York, and countless heartbroken Americans across the country. Our experiences shape our lives, and because of this, I wanted to do whatever possible to ensure the tragic events of that day are never forgotten. 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. Thank you to my colleagues in the House for your support of this important legislation. Together we have made a solemn vow to honor the fallen, and protect the living.”

The National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act is supported by:

“Federal recognition of the 9/11 Memorial plaza as a national memorial will help to ensure it will be preserved as an important place of remembrance and honor for our country and people around the world. We owe our gratitude to Rep. Tom MacArthur, the New York delegation and the many co-sponsors for their support in our efforts to ensure we never forget.”– Joe Daniels, President, National September 11 Memorial & Museum 

“The memorial at Ground Zero in New York stands as a shining beacon of America’s resilience and spirit. This memorial deserves support and protection for generations to come. Thank you to Congressman MacArthur for working to do just that, with the National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act.” – Robert W. Fox, President, New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police

“Thank you to Congressman MacArthur for standing up for the survivors, victims, and fine men and women of the force that we lost on September 11, 2001. This legislation honors their memory and recognizes the strength of will every American possesses.” – Pat Colligan, President, New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association 

“The National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act will protect and preserve the memorial at Ground Zero and honor the memory of every hero lost that day. Thank you to Congressman MacArthur for his work to solidify the Memorial’s standing so that we may always remember the efforts and sacrifice of those that answered the call to save our fellow citizens.” – Dominick Marino, President, Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey

"To me The National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center is the most symbolic reason as to why I spent 12 years of my life at war for our Country and it should be preserved at all costs.  As evidence of this, I have dedicated my ‘mission’ uniform shirt to the museum to help preserve the historic significance of that important day in our Nation’s history."- Senior Chief Petty Officer Robert O’Neill (Seal Team 6 Member who killed Bin Laden)

“The 9/11 Memorial is a powerful and moving national tribute. I lost my husband on 9/11, and I know his memory lives on through our friends and family members, but I also find comfort in his presence at the Memorial itself: he will not be forgotten, others will know this story. As a New Jersey resident, I’m incredibly proud of the work Congressman MacArthur and our New Jersey representatives have done for the families of 9/11 victims. Together we have ensured the memory of our loved ones, our heroes and our survivors, are never forgotten.” - Virginia S. Bauer, Board Member, National September 11 Memorial & Museum 

The National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act (H.R. 3036) has 83 co-sponsors in the House, with endorsements from NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association, National Association of Police Organizations, Fraternal Order of Police, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, The 9/11 Memorial Foundation, Pentagon Memorial Fund. This legislation has also received support from the following 9/11 family and support groups: Tuesday’s Children, 9/11 Tribute Center, Voices of September 11th, NY Says Thank You, Heart 9/11, Sept 11th Education Trust, Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, Project Rebirth, 9/11 Day Of Service.