WHEREAS, on September 11, 2001, the United States was attacked and our world was changed forever when terrorists murdered nearly 3,000 innocent people at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon, and aboard United Flight 93, which crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in the largest terrorist attack ever committed in the United States; and
WHEREAS, established in 2003, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center Foundations, Inc., a nonprofit organization described in section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, has been dedicated to raising funds for and overseeing the design, construction, and operation of the Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site; and
WHEREAS, the Memorial and Museum will ensure that future generations never forget the thousands of innocent men, women and children murdered by terrorists on September 11, 2001 in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia as well as those who dies in the terrorist bombing at the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993; and
WHEREAS, since opening to the World on September 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11/01 attacks, the 9/11 Memorial has been visited by over 2.5 million people from all 50 states and over 150 foreign countries, reflecting the enormous impact the attacks had across this nation and the world; and
WHEREAS on September 9, 2011 Senators Inouye (HI), Schumer (NY) and Gillibrand (NY) introduced the National September 11 Memorial and Museum Act of 2011, which would provide for a permanent authorization of funds to support the operations and maintenance of the National September 11 Memorial and its accompanying Museum which will open in 2013; and
WHEREAS, throughout our nationís history, Congress has stepped forward to authorize operating funds, in public/private partnerships with private donors, for memorials and museums of national significance; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the United States Conference of Mayors urges Congress to pass legislation that would promote the purposes of the Memorial; including, remembering and honoring thousands of innocent victims; respecting the site made sacred through tragic loss; recognizing the endurance of the individuals who survived the attacks; the courage of the individuals who risked their lived to save others; and the compassion of the individuals who supported the people of the United States in our darkest hours.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the United States Conference of Mayors urges Congress to pass the National September 11 Memorial and Museum Act of 2011 that would provide permanent funding for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.