What an emotional day. With the 9/11 Museum opening on May 21, President Obama, former NYC mayors Michael Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani, several 9/11 survivors, and many more family members of victims gathered at Ground Zero on May 15 to hold a dedication service and remember all those who lost and gave their lives in the terrorist attacks on that tragic day in 2001. Read on to watch the heart-wrenching tribute.
No one can put into words what the terrorist attacks on September 11 meant to the United States, but was once a heart-breaking, unimaginable tragedy has become an event that has brought every American closer. On May 15, President Obama, with the help 9/11 survivors and many of the victims’ families, helped open the expansive 9/11 Memorial Museum at Ground Zero in New York City, which remembers that tragic day and pays tribute to everyone who died in the attacks.
9/11 Memorial Museum Dedication — Watch
The president walked through the wide, long hall in the basement of Ground Zero, maintained from the day of the attacks on the World Trade Center towers, that serves as an atrium of the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Looking at the pictures of people who lost their lives on 9/11, Obama spoke not about the sadness of that day, but of how that day united the United States like never before. “Nothing can ever break us,” the president stated strongly.
After speaking on how America’s response to 9/11 proves how the nation’s spirit encompasses love, compassion, and sacrifice, Obama praised the men and women who gave their lives to help save lives following the gruesome attacks.
President Obama was joined by a long list of dignitaries who also paid tribute to the museum, and to all affected by the September 11 attacks. Former New York City mayors Michael Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani both gave short speeches, as did New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. But the most harrowing speeches were given by those who survived the attacks, and the family members of people who were killed in the towers, or in the Pentagon.
One woman, LaChanze, whose husband died when Tower One was struck, sang an extremely moving rendition of “Amazing Grace.” The emotion — especially knowing how personally devastated she was by 9/11 — of LaChanze’s performance was truly touching, and was a perfect, somber way to honor her husband and all of the other victims.
Watch the remainder of the 9/11 Memorial Museum dedication above, and feel free to tell us how you were impacted by September 11.
— Andrew Gruttadaro