National 9/11 Memorial & Museum helping future generations to never forget

Remembering 9/11

EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) — This weekend marks 20 years since the 9/11 attacks changed the world.

Eyewitness News has more on the mission of the fundraiser called “Never Forget”.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is launching a national campaign to ensure future generations understand the lessons of 9/11.

They are the twin towers of the World Trade Center that stood for 28 years until the terror attacks of September 2001. Since September 2011, The National September 11 Memorial and Museum has taken the place of those iconic towers in lower Manhattan.

“We say that our mission is really commemoration, education and inspiration. But in that order, education is at the heart of everything we do,” National September 11 Memorial & Museum President/CEO Alice Greenwald said.

Greenwald stresses the importance of preserving the memorial and museum for a generation too young to remember or was not even born when the attacks happened.

“This next generation needs to be equipped with an understanding of how the century began in order to make sure it ends in the right place,” Greenwald

Among the nearly 3,000 people killed in the 9/11 attacks was 38-year-old T.J. Hargrave who worked in the World Trade Center. His daughter, Amy, was just four years old at the time.

“I think something that I just want to make sure people remember about my father is just not the work that he did. He was a Vice President at Cantor Fitzgerald in the North Tower, but more about his personality and who he was. He was always someone who just wanted to make sure everyone was involved and always was having fun,” Amy Hargrave said.

Hargrave now works for the memorial and museum which launched a Never Forget Fund. It will help expand on efforts to educate the public about a history-changing event that happened before she was even in school.

“Because I’m connected to it, I remember 9/11 very clearly but those my age all around the country, all around the world who aren’t connected to it need to remember 9/11 and the impact and the aftermath,” Hargrave said.

“They need to know that we can, we have the capacity to respond to terrible events with resilience and hope and with coming together,” Greenwald said.

To learn more about the Never Forget fund and a commemorative “Never Forget” ticket, visit 911memorial.org.

And, be sure to join eyewitness news for special coverage of 9/11 Saturday morning beginning at 8:30 a.m.

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