Columbia Mayor Bob Coble said, "We are honored that the tour to raise awareness for the National Memorial & Museum is starting in Columbia, South Carolina. Like all Americans, we were horrified by what we witnessed on September 11, and the tribute exhibition will allow people all across the country to honor the innocent lives lost and contribute to the building of the National Memorial & Museum. When the tragedy occurred, local students from White Knoll did their part to help because that's what 9/11 inspired in people everywhere. Now, I encourage all residents to visit the tribute exhibition, sign the beam and make a donation. Let's continue to do whatever we can do to build our National Memorial."
Funds raised through the touring exhibition will go directly towards construction and planning for the Memorial & Museum.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is the not-for-profit corporation created to realize the Memorial quadrant at the World Trade Center site. The organization is responsible for raising the funds and overseeing the design for the project, and will program and operate the Memorial & Museum located on 8 of the 16 acres of the site.
The Memorial will remember and honor the thousands of people who died in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993, and September 11, 2001. The design, created by Michael Arad and Peter Walker, consists of two pools that reside in the footprints of the original Twin Towers, surrounded by a plaza of oak trees. The Arad/Walker design was selected from a design competition that included more than 5,000 entrants from 63 nations.
The Museum will communicate key messages that embrace both the specificity and the universal implications of the events of 9/11; document the impact of those events on individual lives, as well as on local, national, and international communities; and explore the legacy of 9/11 for a world increasingly defined by global interdependency.
Donations can be made through and more information can be found at the Memorial & Museum's website, www.national911memorial.org or by calling 1-877-WTC-GIVE.
Contact: Lynn Rasic/ Michelle Breslauer, 212-312-8800
SOURCE National September 11 Memorial & Museum