May 30th is a special day that signifies not only the close of a sacred mission but the beginning of a journey of healing, one in which we share as we help others by our work in H.E.A.R.T. 9/11.We encourage you to walk proudly through the Memorial and reflect on those taken from us, our friends, colleagues and those we only know because of our bonds with their surviving family members. I salute you today, a nation honors you and New Yorkers thank you. Bless you and your families. Bill Keegan Founder/President H.E.A.R.T. 9/11
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels Announce Tribute Honoring First Responders and
Recovery Workers and Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of May 30, 2002
May 30, 2002 Marked the Formal End of Recovery Operations at the World Trade Center Site Following the 9/11 Attacks
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels announced a special event recognizing the 10th anniversary of May 30, 2002, which marked the formal end of cleanup operations at Ground Zero, 9/11 Memorial Museum May 30th Event. The event, to be held at the 9/11 Memorial on May 30, 2012 beginning at 6:30 p.m., will honor the thousands of men and women who came to the site in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. The event is open to 9/11 rescue, recovery and relief workers, and their guests. Capacity on the 9/11 Memorial’s plaza is limited, so those who wish to attend must register and reserve a pass online at www.911memorial.org/may30. The event will take place rain or shine.
“The efforts by the first responders and recovery workers at the World Trade Center site were nothing short of heroic,” said Mayor Bloomberg, Chairman of the 9/11 Memorial. “New Yorkers and men and women from across the country came to our aid when we needed it most, and we will always be grateful. This event will allow us to honor the sacrifice made by so many.”
“The story of the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center in the wake of 9/11 is an essential part of the history of the United States,” said 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels. “Our gratitude cannot equal the sacrifices of these men and women, but it will be an honor to thank them on the 10-year anniversary of the end of their remarkable efforts.”
The story of the rescue and recovery efforts will be one of the aspects of history preserved in the 9/11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center. By registering for this event, recovery workers also will help build the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s Recovery and Relief Workers Registry and Scroll of Honor, a permanent installation surrounding the Last Column, the last steel beam to be removed from the site on May 30, 2002.
“The monumental effort at Ground Zero showed the world that New York and New Yorkers would prevail,” said Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. “The end of recovery efforts there was only one milestone in a continuum of service and sacrifice that continued at Fresh Kills and the morgue, and in the lives and deaths of those who contracted illnesses afterward. We will never forget all they did for New York and the nation.”
“Thousands of FDNY members participated in the extraordinary 261-day rescue, recovery and cleanup effort and, unfortunately, far too many have died or become seriously ill due to their work at the site,” said Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano. “By marking this date, we remember and pay tribute to them and to all who selflessly and tirelessly worked at the World Trade Center site in the aftermath of unimaginable destruction — an effort that inspired the nation and the world. I commend the City and the 9/11 Memorial for recognizing this important milestone in our nation’s history.”
“The men and women of the Department of Sanitation spent months clearing more than a million tons of debris from the World Trade Center site and transporting it by land and water to the former Fresh Kills landfill for examination by law enforcement authorities,” said Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty. “They also worked feverishly to reopen Downtown Manhattan and Wall Street by clearing debris and sweeping and washing away ankle-deep ash and dust left behind by the collapse of the towers. New York’s Strongest were proud to be a part of the team that brought New York back from this terrible moment.”
“May 30, 2002 marked the official end to cleanup and recovery efforts to reclaim the bodies of our friends, relatives and co-workers who were murdered by terrorists in an attack on the United States on September 11, 2001,” said Captains Endowment Association President Roy T. Richter. “Those who perished on September 11 will never be forgotten. Many people responded to the call to service without regard to the toxic exposures suffered or personal sacrifice made, in defense of our country following the terrorist attack. While we remember an anniversary of the end of a cleanup and recovery, which was accomplished well ahead of expectations, we must also keep in our thoughts those police officers and other first responders who struggle with pain and life changing disabilities as a consequence of their selfless police service.”
“The nine-month recovery period was led by extraordinarily brave men and women from New York and across the country,” said Lieutenants Benevolent Association President Thomas Sulli.