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September 11th 2016 Anniversary Commemoration

Dear Members and Friends,

The 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks is rapidly approaching. Once again we invite you to observe the importance of the day, honor the memory of those lost, and connect with others who understand.

For many of us, the anniversary is the only time to meet other survivors or to reconnect with old friends from the greater 9/11 Community. In this regard, members are invited to participate in the following events listed below.

However you pass the day, we wish you a peaceful September 11th for you and your families.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

> Voices of September 11th Annual Day of Remembrance Information Forum:

VOICES is hosting a daylong event providing an opportunity for 9/11 families, responders, survivors and those who supported them to gather together as a community. The program includes presentations, panel discussions and round-table conversations to promote healing and resilience in their lives. Topics include the WTC Health Program, building resilience, interfaith response, identifying unmet needs, and advocacy efforts

Where: Marriott Downtown Hotel, 85 West Street, NY NY
When: Saturday, September 10, 2016 | 8am – 5pm
Cost: free to 9/11 Community Members -- advance registration is required.

For more information and registration:

> 9/11 Community Evening at the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum:

Join a special gathering of the 9/11 Community on the evening before we mark the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Similar to previous years, on Saturday, September 10, from 5:00 p.m. to close, the Museum will be reserved exclusively for 9/11 and 1993 family members, 9/11 rescue and recovery workers, active duty first responders, 9/11 survivors, and lower Manhattan residents and business owners.

During this year’s Community Evening, you will have a special opportunity to view new additions to the Museum before the public, including:

From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., preview our first special exhibition, Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11, which opens to the public on September 12. Ranging from paintings and sculpture to works on paper and video, the exhibition includes works by 13 New York City-based artists deeply affected by 9/11. One artist lost his brother, a firefighter, in the terror strikes, some lost friends and many personally witnessed the attacks. You can learn more about the exhibition here.

You are also invited to preview newly acquired artifacts documenting 9/11 health impacts in Foundation Hall.

If you are a member of the 9/11 community, you can reserve your free ticket(s) to the Museum by visiting 911memorial.org/September10 or by calling (212) 266-5211. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged due to limited availability.

Despite the passage of time, it remains so important that we continue to come together as a community, and we hope that you will join us for this evening of reflection and remembrance.

Where: National 9/11 Memorial Museum, 180 Greenwich Street NY, NY 10007
When: Saturday, September 10, from 5:00 p.m. to close
Cost: free to 9/11 Community Members -- advance registration is required.

For more information and registration:

Sunday, September 11, 2016

> 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM: NYC Name-Reading Ceremony

The official name reading ceremony is for family members only at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza and is expected to end at 1PM.

> 9/11 Community Luncheon

For the second consecutive year, all World Trade Center Survivors’ Network members are invited to join the annual lunch held by Friends of St. Paul's WTC Relief, a group of survivors of the months-long volunteer relief effort on behalf of the 9/11 rescue and recovery workers.

Last year almost seventy 9/11 Community members attended including forty World Trade Center Survivors’ Network members.  Also in attendance were Boston Marathon Bombing survivors and they are expected this year as well.

WHEN: Sunday, September 11th, 2015, 1:15pm -3:15pm
WHERE: a Lower Manhattan restaurant (Location will be provided via email)
COST: $30 for Lunch or $12 for Dessert Only (costs to be confirmed)
Cash only please, payable on arrival.  RSVP is required.

To RSVP and for further information, email the 9/11 Lunch Coordinating Committee.
RSVP by September 1.

> 9/11 Memorial Plaza Public Access

When: 3:00PM – Midnight
Where: 9/11 Memorial Plaza

The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum plans to open the 9/11 Memorial plaza to the public at 3:00 p.m. The plaza will remain open until midnight so visitors may view the Tribute in Light from the plaza.

For more information on the Tribute in Light:

> Calling of The Names Ceremony:

Honoring All Deceased 9/11 Responders, Rescue and Recovery Workers and Volunteers

The names of those who came to help after the attacks and have since died will be read aloud.  Whether the person's death is a direct result of their exposure to 9/11 toxins or other causes, they will be remembered.

WHERE: St. Paul's Chapel, 209 Broadway, NY - Between Vesey & Fulton Streets; Outside, rear entrance facing Church Street / WTC 
WHEN: 3:30pm – 5:00 pm (est.), Sunday, September 11, 2016
COST:  free; open to public

(1) Say you're coming –it helps to have an idea of how many will attend
(2) Share the name of a deceased 9/11 Responder/Volunteer – so all who should be remembered can be honored.

For more information:
Email: Calling of the Names Phone:  917-725-1761

> Strength to Strength Annual 9/11 Dinner

5:45pm - 7:45pm, Sunday, September 11th

Strength to Strength is a non-profit organization which brings victims of terrorism, both survivors and bereaved families together from around the world by working with partnering organizations in various countries to provide long-term support through meetings and weekend retreats, provision of information and advice, and raising awareness of the unmet needs of victims and their families. Their motto is “survivors healing survivors.”

Those interested in attending should email Strength to Strength for location and more information. RSVP is necessary.

If you would like events in your area or organization announced on our web site, email us.

National September 11 Memorial & Museum On-line Registries

For many years, the World Trade Center Survivors' Network has consulted with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on the development of an on-line Registry for survivors. We always felt that such a registry was essential to expanding the historical record and helping to build a larger on-line community.

We are pleased to announce the opening of three on-line registries which will be of interest to many of you:

You can access the registries on the web site: 9/11 Memorial | Registries.

We urge you to explore the Registries and help build their content. The Registries are a great tool to document your experiences and give access to a new on-line community.

For more information, please refer to the Registries FAQ page: Registries FAQ page.

You can also email questions by clicking the "Contact Us" button on the site's About page: Registries About page.

The World Trade Center Survivors' Network (WTCSN) supports the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s docent program...

and asks members to join the January 2014 inaugural class. Applications and additional information are available on the Museum website, 9/11 Memorial Museum Volunteer Page.

“The program provides an excellent opportunity for Survivors to help educate the public about the attacks on September 11th and our collective response.” —Richard Zimbler, WTCSN Board member

Photo of new corridorTransit Hub corridor opens under 1 World Trade Center...

Board member Peter Miller is interviewed by NY Newsday
after the recent opening of WTC West Corridor — the new transit hub area located under 1 World Trade Center.

Read the Newsday article: For first time since 9/11, transit hub corridor opens under 1 World Trade Center

(Photo taken by WTCSN member, Brendan Chellis)

WTCSN Shows Support...

photo of Commissioner Victor Calise, Scott Kestenbaum, and Mayor BloombergOur CFO Scott Kestenbaum shows Survivors’ support by attending the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities ADA Sapolin Awards. The awards are presented annually to New York organizations dedicated to helping people with disabilities.

“It was an honor to be invited, meeting the Mayor and Commissioner was icing on the cake." —Scott

Reminder to Members: Continued Availability of World Trade Center Health Program

Although the Victim Compensation Fund deadline has passed, the World Trade Center Health Program established by the James Zadroga 9/11 Bill in 2010 is still available. This program provides medical and mental health care to Responders and Survivor affected by the WTC disaster at no out-of-pocket cost.

Survivors are defined as those who lived, worked or went to school or daycare south of Houston Street or in Brooklyn within 1.5 miles of the WTC site. Survivors still living in and around NYC are treated at the WTC Environmental Health Centers located in Bellevue,  Gouverneur, and Elmhurst Hospitals. 

Those living outside of the NYC area have access to a nationwide network of providers.

If you are a survivor and have a physical or mental health issue you think may be related to 9/11,  you maybe eligible for the WTC Health Program.  You do NOT have to have been previously enrolled in the WTC Health Registry or registered with or have a claim with the VCF.   For more information visit:  http://www.911ea.org/911ea/The_WTC_Health_Program.html

See our web page, World Trade Center Health Programs, for a list of links and applications.

photo of book cover, link opens in new windowRead the online interview

between World Trade Center Survivors’ Network board member Peter Miller and Elizabeth Greenspan, the author of “Battle for Ground Zero: Inside the Political Struggle to Rebuild the World Trade Center.”

About World Trade Center Survivors' Network...

As survivors we feel a responsibility to bear witness.
We will always remember those who are gone.

The World Trade Center Survivors' Network (WTCSN) is the only organization founded by survivors to serve those directly affected by the attacks on September 11, 2001. Our mission is to support and represent the interests of the survivors of September 11 and ensure that we will always remember.

Who are Survivors?

Survivors are those who were present at the attacks of September 11, 2001, worked or lived nearby, and the rescue and recovery workers, uniformed services personnel and volunteers present on the day of the attacks and the rescue and recovery efforts in the months afterwards.

What do we do?

Many survivors feel a mutual responsibility to share our historic legacy with others. The WTCSN provides survivors with opportunities to bear witness to the events of the day as well as to meet other survivors.

  • We work to provide opportunities for survivors to educate the public and add to the historic record -- thereby, ensuring that as a society we will always remember.
  • We have forged an association of survivors who inform, support and encourage each other.
  • We represent survivors' interests and needs and make certain that their viewpoints are recognized.
Photos from Past Anniversary Events
View of Brooklyn Bridge See the article about our gathering at Living Grove Memorial Park Survivor Tree in the Tribeca Trib. (Scroll down to "Survivors and the Survivor Tree")
9-11 Memorial Sign See photos of our group visit to the Memorial taken by members (photo galleries open in new windows)
--Photos from Doug
--Photos from Joyce
--Photos from Jeanne
--Photos from Peter
Memorial Visitor Pass

Research Studies...

See the Research page for a list of links.

World Trade Center Evacuation Study

Stairs or Lifts? - A Study of Human Factors associated with Lift/Elevator usage during Evacuations.

Researchers from the Universities of Greenwich, Ulster and Liverpool have completed a three and a half year study into the evacuation of the twin towers.

NIST Fire and Bullding Safety Study

We thank all the universities and researchers involved for continuing this important research and ensuring that the lessons of September 11th can be used to save lives in the future.

Past Initiatives

The Vesey Street Survivors' Stairway

Stairway Photo - View Photos

The World Trade Center Survivors’ Network was a leading voice in the effort to preserve the Vesey Street Survivors' Stairway, a final escape route for many survivors on the morning of September 11, 2001. The stairway is the last above-ground remnant of the WTC complex and it is the only remaining stairway. It has become a symbol for all the stairs of the Towers, and in a larger sense a symbol for survival as well. It has now been installed at the National 9/11 Memorial Museum. For details and news coverage, see National 9/11 Memorial

Survivor Assistance...

WTCSN helps survivors come to terms with their experience, provides information about available resources, connects survivors with each other, and supports survivors and their families. [See Programs: Survivor Assistance]

Bearing Witness: A Remembrance Initiative for 9/11 Survivors...

We need to sustain the memory and lessons of September 11. Survivors bear the weight of memory and its responsibility – the duty of bearing witness.  How we chose to meet this responsibility can be our greatest legacy. [See Programs: Bearing Witness]

Remembering Survivors and their Experiences...

With this program we advocate for survivors to be included and remembered as key stakeholders in the memory of and rebuilding from September 11. [See Programs: Remembering Survivors]

Shared Experience — Voices Against Terrorism...

We empower our members to take a stand against terrorism and its effects by working with survivors of terrorism around the world. [See Programs: Shared Experience - Voices Against Terrorism]



New social media project started by the 9/11 Memorial Museum

The World Trade Center Survivors' Network is partnering with the 9/11 Memorial Museum in a new social media project on Resiliency.

We are asking members to share stories, videos, or photographs demonstrating resiliency after 9/11 on the Museum's new Google+ Resiliency Community page.

Help inspire others through your experiences and lessons learned.

Visit the 9/11 Museum's Google+ Resiliency Community
Get instructions on how to create a Google+ account

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Member Highlights...
Planting the TreeThe Survivor Tree - City Hall
A gift from our friends in Oklahoma City, the Survivor Tree is planted in Living Grove Memorial Park, across from City Hall.

A tree grown from a cutting of the Oklahoma City Survivor Tree was replanted in the Living Memorial Grove, located across the street from City Hall, next to five trees that were previously planted in the World Trade Center Plaza. Information, map, directions.
Last year's raceOklahoma City Memorial Marathon
WTCSN members will be participating in this year's Marathon. WTCSN's marathon runner, Brendan C., will again run because "we mourn those we lost at other memorial events but by running this race, we are out there to celebrate their lives." More...