As we approach the tenth anniversary of 9/11/01, it is past time to allow the survivors the opportunity to honor our fallen friends, colleagues, and strangers that made the ultimate sacrifice to help us, and to symbolically remind the world that while nearly 3,000 people died at the sacred site, many others escaped and continue to bear the memory of that day. This historic event is less than 2 months away.
The 9/11 Memorial opens to the public in New York City, NY on 9/12/11. On the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York City will be dedicated in a special ceremony for the victim's families. Currently, the dedication ceremony is planned for the families of the deceased victims but excludes living survivors (victims). The Memorial Mission Statement on the official website (http://www.911memorial.org/) recognizes the importance of those living survivors, however, they have currently been excluded from participating in the dedication ceremony. The Office of the Mayor advises individuals calling the 9/11 hotline [(212) 442-8953] that the dedication ceremony is only for the family of the deceased. In addition, they've made several public statements (see the links on this page) regarding their intention not to include survivors on the actual anniversary. The WTCSN was able to secure 75 of the "hottest tickets in town" for the following day (September 12th) to distribute among members. The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum has survivors included in the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial (http://www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org/secondary.php?section=1&catid=25).
Adding to the life changing events of that day, the potential exclusion from the participation in the memorial ceremonies, that may provide some measure of healing and closure, brings a considerable additional hardship. Please sign this petition to help give the survivors a voice in this important event.