Last year we were honored to have a guest post from Joe Daniels, President and CEO of the 9/11 Memorial. Joe shared, in his own words, the importance of honoring that day through his work at the Memorial and the pending Museum. We are re-running his post today, as we mark the 13th anniversary of that fateful day. At 8:46 a.m., a moment of silence was observed across the city and around the world. That moment marked the beginning of the terror strikes of 2001. At the 9/11 Memorial we reunited to commemorate the 12th anniversary of September 11. With every year that passes, we recommit ourselves to the sacred promise we made to always remember the innocent lives lost, the heroism of first responders, and how we came together in the aftermath. As we recognize the 12th anniversary here at the 9/11 Memorial, we are also reminded that the introduction of the 9/11 Memorial Museum is so close. The Museum will be the global focal point for preserving the history of 9/11 and educating the public on its continued effects on the world in which we live. Opening in spring 2014, we continue to see remarkable progress on this historic institution. This Museum has been entrusted with so many powerful stories and artifacts. These stories are carried on the voices and perspectives of witnesses, first responders, survivors, and so many others. 9/11 resonates broadly with so many because all of the people who faced the unthinkable that day were just like us. While honoring out past, we also look toward the future to educate the next generation on the history of September 11.
The 9/11 Memorial Museum will play an important role in educating our youth through learning programs so the memories of those killed in the attacks will always be remembered. However you choose to commemorate 9/11, you are playing an important part in memorializing the nearly 3,000 men, women, and children who were killed and the sacrifices made 12 years ago. I hope you will share with us your thoughts, reflections, and plans, and encourage your friends, family, and community to join in commemorating the anniversary. Please spread the word through social media using the hashtag #Honor911. To learn more, visit 911memorial.org. Take a day to remember the day that changed us forever. - Joe Daniels, President & CEO, 9/11 Memorial
Joe Daniels successfully opened the National September 11 Memorial on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Mr. Daniels also opened the 9/11 Memorial Museum. He directed planning, construction and development for the project and has led the foundation to many accomplishments, including a successful $450 million fundraising campaign and running the operations that have welcomed nearly 10 million visitors to the memorial since opening.
After joining the 9/11 Memorial in 2005 as General Counsel, Mr. Daniels served as Acting President and CEO for several months before being named President and CEO by the Chairman of the organization, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, in October 2006. Prior to his work with the 9/11 Memorial, he was Chief of External Initiatives at the Robin Hood Foundation, leading the expansion and roll-out of the second phase of the Library Initiative, a $45 million public-private partnership that put state-of-the-art libraries into under-performing New York City elementary schools. He holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and a B.A. in History from Washington University. He lives in New York City with his wife and three children.