On Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at the Oculus in Westfield World Trade Center, the 9/11 Tribute Museum hosted its 9th annual 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. Over 500 employees from companies directly impacted by 9/11 helped assemble bicycles to donate to the children of active-duty United States military serving in the Joint Special Operations Communications Unit. First responders from the NYPD, FDNY, DSNY and PAPD assisted volunteers to assemble the bikes.
Volunteers and first responders came together to remember loved ones, friends and colleagues, and to unite in the same remarkable way that the nation did in the aftermath of the attacks. 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance activities take place across the country throughout the month of September, as hundreds of thousands of volunteers paint and refurbish homes, organize food drives, restore schools, reclaim neighborhoods and support veterans, soldiers, military families and first responders. Participating in the bike build allowed volunteers to commemorate friends and colleagues, and to invoke the ideals of service and humanitarianism that arose in the aftermath of the attacks.
The 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance is especially meaningful for the 9/11 Tribute Museum. As Jennifer Webb, CEO explains, “At the 9/11 Tribute Museum people directly affected by the terrorist attacks share their stories, the strength of community rebuilding and how voluntary acts of service have changed people’s lives. The 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance is a special day for survivors to assemble bikes for children of military families. It is a fun day of team building and generosity in honor of all the support NYC received after 9/11.”
Special guest attendees included members of the New York City Fire and Police Departments and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. Volunteers from companies affected by 9/11 assembled bikes, including: BNY Mellon, AON, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, CME Group, Motorola Solutions, Sandler O’Neill Partners, TWU and Zurich North America.
“BNY Mellon is committed to supporting our military members and their families,” said Daisey Holmes, Managing Director of Philanthropy at BNY Mellon. “Every year, hundreds of our employees volunteer during the National 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance as a meaningful way to show support for our troops. The 9/11 Tribute Museum has created a wonderful event to honor our servicemen and women, and we are proud to once again be joining them in the effort.”
Volunteers were organized into teams for the bike assembly. Stations for building bikes included inflating tires, quality control, attaching ribbons and bows and writing a note to each child in appreciation for their parent’s service. Bikes will be distributed to families of the Joint Special Operations Communications Unit at Fort Bragg, NC.
The 9/11 Tribute Museum historical exhibitions sharing the first-person perspective of people who experienced 9/11. Learn about the unprecedented rescue and recovery operations, the rebuilding of communities, be inspired by personal journeys of healing and the unprecedented acts of generosity from around the world. From darkness to light, exhibitions begin with the history of Lower Manhattan, recount the events of 9/11, and hear the stories of those who were there along with a tribute of remembrance. Museum artifacts, testimonies from survivors, rescue and recovery workers and family members share the powerful response of a nation changed. Discover the tremendous spirit of resilience and service that arose after the attacks.
Create your own legacy tribute with a pledge of community service to make the world a better place. Museum exhibitions are self-guided and take approximately 45 minutes. The 9/11 Tribute Museum (formerly known as the 9/11 Tribute Center) was founded in 2006 by the September 11th Families’ Association a non-profit organization.