FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (9/2/2013)
[New York, NY] – Three individuals who responded heroically to the events of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center hotel, also known as Three World Trade Center, will be honored at a luncheon hosted by September 11 Survivors of Three World Trade Center, Inc. in commemoration of the 12-year anniversary of the attack.
The three honorees include a veteran firefighter and two hotel engineers. The firefighter was able to lead several hotel guests to safety. The hotel engineers risked their lives to rescue a wheelchair-bound woman with multiple sclerosis. Through their bravery, the woman in the wheelchair was able to escape.
In addition, the organization will celebrate its recent incorporation as a 501(c)(3) organization. Joyce Ng, President of the group, who also survived the attacks, founded this organization 12 years ago, as a way for survivors and families to share their experiences and to assist each other in healing. “Twelve years ago, we vowed to never forget the tragedy that unfolded in New York. Honoring the heroes is a special way to preserve the memories of September 11th,” Ng said.
The hotel, was also known as Vista hotel or Marriott hotel or Three World Trade Center, was situated inside the World Trade Center complex, and connected the North and South towers. Following the attacks on World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001, the hotel lobby was used as a staging area for firefighters and rescue personnel. The hotel was completely destroyed on September 11th from the collapse of the North and South towers.
Jan Seidler Ramirez, Chief Curator at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center Foundation, Inc. stated,
“The fate of those connected to the World Trade Center hotel on 9/11 is critical to understanding the scope of the day’s cataclysmic events. Its survivors formed one of the earliest, still enduring networks of communication and activities promoting resilience, education, and remembrance of the courage, sacrifices and losses of September 11, 2001. The Memorial Museum is honored to have collaborated with the World Trade Center Marriott Survivors' group to collect some of the personal stories and evidence associated with that compelling history. “
The group organizes gatherings each September to mark the anniversary of the attacks. Survivors and families come together from all over the country to support each other. This year’s luncheon will take place at a restaurant in Lower Manhattan at 12:00pm on Sunday September 8, 2013.
Following the commemorative luncheon, a tour at the 9/11 Memorial Reflecting Pools will commence at 3:00 pm (tickets required).
Guests and fellow survivors are welcome to attend. Please RSVP by September 6, 2013 by email to info[at]3worldtradecenter.org or online at www.3worldtradecenter.org/rsvp2013.php.
This organization is maintained solely from volunteer effort and funded through donations. Donations are fully tax-deductible and are used to support the advocacy and activities of the group.
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