Freedom's Flame 9/11 Memorial Foundation

Freedom's Flame 9/11 Memorial Foundation Freedom's Flame - America's 9/11 Memorial On September 11, 2001, the world changed forever. In a few brief moments, a vicious and unprovoked terrorist attack made an irreversible impact on our people, our nation and the global community.

While the loss was immeasurable, this tragedy revealed the extraordinary spirit, courage and resolve of the American people. September 11, 2001 is another date that will live in infamy. Freedom’s Flame is the story of two identical sculptures designed, created and erected by a multidisciplinary team of distinguished leaders, representatives of the arts, the military, criminal justice, firefighters, small business, major corporations, public administration and the non-profit sector. The Freedom’s Flame memorial itself, to be located in Ontario (California), commemorates 9-11 and honors the heroes and families touched by this event. A second – and identical – sculpture will be presented to New York City as a gift, creating a strong bi-coastal link and a powerful national tribute. Freedom’s Flame is a respectful reminder that will live for generations.

While the loss was immeasurable, this tragedy revealed the extraordinary spirit, courage and resolve of the American people. September 11, 2001 is another date that will live in infamy. Freedom’s Flame is the story of two identical sculptures designed, created and erected by a multidisciplinary team of distinguished leaders, representatives of the arts, the military, criminal justice, firefighters, small business, major corporations, public administration and the non-profit sector. The Freedom’s Flame memorial itself, to be located in Ontario (California), commemorates 9-11 and honors the heroes and families touched by this event. A second – and identical – sculpture will be presented to New York City as a gift, creating a strong bi-coastal link and a powerful national tribute. Freedom’s Flame is a respectful reminder that will live for generations.

Mission: Freedom’s Flame Foundation, a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization, was created to fund and manage the development of the memorial and the creation of sculptures in Southern California and New York City. Total cost of the project is expected to be approximately $15 million. Freedom's Flame is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization (Tax ID #46-0482845)

09/12/2020
NBC New York

NBC New York

See Live footage of the Tribute in Lights over lower Manhattan on the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

09/12/2020
Fox Business

Fox Business

The 9/11 Tribute in Light illuminates the sky above Manhattan.

09/12/2020
ABC7NY

ABC7NY

The "Tribute in Light" shines again as a memorial to the victims of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. https://7ny.tv/2RjZjTm

In time, perhaps, we will mark the memory of September the 11th in stone and metal -- something we can show children as ...
09/11/2020

In time, perhaps, we will mark the memory of September the 11th in stone and metal -- something we can show children as yet unborn to help them understand what happened on this minute and on this day.

But for those of us who lived through these events, the only marker we'll ever need is the tick of a clock at the 46th minute of the eighth hour of the 11th day. We will remember where we were and how we felt. We will remember the dead and what we owe them. We will remember what we lost and what we found.

And in our time, we will honor the memory of the 11th day by doing our duty as citizens of this great country, freedom's home and freedoms defender. God bless.

~ George W. Bush, December 11, 2001

http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2001/12/20011211-1.html

Under the COOP plan, federal agencies are assigned different functions to protect federal government operations. The Sec...
09/11/2020
'America is under attack': Reliving the Secret Service response on 9/11: OPINION

Under the COOP plan, federal agencies are assigned different functions to protect federal government operations. The Secret Service, under 18 USC 3056, has the prime responsibility to protect the president, the vice president and other leaders in the government. On 9/11, the Secret Service was thrust into the very real scenario of an unknown actor possibly targeting the president and trying to decapitate the government.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/america-attack-reliving-secret-service-response-911-opinion/story?id=72863287

A retired agent remembers the day when "heroism was on full display."

With the benefit of 19 years, we know a lot about what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, but here are some things you may not ...
09/11/2020
9/11 anniversary: Here is what you might not know about the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001

With the benefit of 19 years, we know a lot about what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, but here are some things you may not know about the attacks:

https://www.fox23.com/news/trending/911-anniversary-here-is-what-you-might-not-know-about-terror-attacks-sept-11-2001/SVT6BVX47BCAFEPACU24HIDRFY/

When people who were in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001 recall the day, they often remember it as a beautiful morning with bright blue cloudless skies.No one imagined how that fall day would end as commercial airliners would drop from those clear skies and fly straight into two of New York City’s ...

"It was definitely a day of tragedy and a scary, emotional day, so we definitely want to make sure that we keep things a...
09/11/2020
Not far from the Pentagon on 9/11, Louisville teacher helps kids learn about tragic day

"It was definitely a day of tragedy and a scary, emotional day, so we definitely want to make sure that we keep things age-appropriate," Graves said. "At the younger level (of) kindergarten and first grade, we talk about who were the heroes who helped that day and how do you find your own heroes when you are in need."

https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/education/2020/09/11/louisville-teacher-helps-kids-learn-about-9-11/3456710001/

Brandon Graves, a Global Game Changers teacher at Louisville's Byck Elementary, helps teach kids about the 9/11 attacks through interactive lessons.

The passage of time — 19 years, to be exact — has not faded the memories of the events of Sept. 11, 2001 that were seare...
09/11/2020
These images show horror and heroism in New York on 9/11, 19 years ago Friday - amNewYork

The passage of time — 19 years, to be exact — has not faded the memories of the events of Sept. 11, 2001 that were seared into the consciences of New Yorkers there to witness it.

The coordinated terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93 killed nearly 3,000 Americans from all walks of life — and forever altered the course of American history and the New York skyline.

https://www.amny.com/9-11-anniversary/these-images-show-horror-and-heroism-in-new-york-on-9-11-19-years-ago-friday/

The passage of time — 19 years, to be exact — has not faded the memories of the events of Sept. 11, 2001 that were seared into the consciences of New

If the world changed on September 11, 2001, what was life like the day before? Eight people share the photos they took o...
09/11/2020
The day before the storm: Photos of Sept 10, 2001

If the world changed on September 11, 2001, what was life like the day before? Eight people share the photos they took of New York City and Washington DC the day before the infamous terrorist attacks, and answer three questions about their experiences at the time.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/specials/september-11-remembered/2011-09-05/the-day-before-the-storm-september-10-2001-photos/2870854

If the world changed on September 11, 2001, what was life like the day before? Eight people share photos they took the day before the terrorist attacks.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Major League Baseball has scheduled a special all...
07/09/2020
Mets, Yankees to play at Citi Field on 20-year anniversary of 9/11

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Major League Baseball has scheduled a special all-New York matchup at Citi Field. The New York Mets will host the New York Yankees on Sept. 11, 2021. The matchup was part of MLB's 2021 schedule, which was released Thursday, and was first reported by Tim Healey of Newsday.

The Yankees and Mets were part of the nationwide healing process following the attacks nearly two decades ago. On Sept. 21, 2001, the Mets hosted the Braves at Shea Stadium in the first pro sports event held in New York following the attacks. Manager Bobby Valentine and several Mets players visited Ground Zero and exchanged hats with first responders.

https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/mets-yankees-to-play-at-citi-field-on-20-year-anniversary-of-911/

MLB released its 2021 schedule on Thursday

The memorial includes a semi-circle of black granite monuments bearing the names of five local victims of the 2001 terro...
07/09/2020
Vandals cut down flagpole at 9/11 memorial for fallen firefighters in Washingtonville

The memorial includes a semi-circle of black granite monuments bearing the names of five local victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks, all members of the New York City Fire Department: firefighters Mark Whitford, Bobby Hamilton and Gerry Nevins, Batallion Chief Dennis Devlin and Lt. Glenn Perry. Atop each stone is a replica of a firefighter's helmet.

The somber, granite-and-brick tribute to the "Washingtonville Five" and the other 9/11 victims was completed on Sept. 7, 2002, in time for the first anniversary of their deaths.

https://www.recordonline.com/story/news/local/2020/07/08/vandals-cut-down-flagpole-9-11-memorial-washingtonville/5399647002/?fbclid=IwAR2f3Qan8vS-zJQHZfhvwcGnLnLddQOL_tok5pbJ9BJWFpYEdhz2w2gK2mo

Police are searching for vandals who cut down the flagpole at a 9/11 memorial in Washingtonville honoring five local firefighters who died in 2001

A retired FDNY firefighter who helped recover his brother's body at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks has died of cance...
02/25/2020
FDNY firefighter who found his brother's body at Ground Zero dies of cancer

A retired FDNY firefighter who helped recover his brother's body at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks has died of cancer.
Daniel Foley worked with FDNY Rescue 3 during rescue efforts at Ground Zero. He died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, after a battle with pancreatic cancer that is linked to his time at the scene.

A retired FDNY firefighter who helped recover his brother's body at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks has died of cancer.

The events of Sept. 11, 2001, are remembered vividly by most. But as new generations born after the tragedy enter high s...
01/22/2020
Plano Fire Station #8 unveils new mural in remembrance of 9/11

The events of Sept. 11, 2001, are remembered vividly by most. But as new generations born after the tragedy enter high school and beyond, members of Plano’s Fire Station #8 want to create a way to educate them on the roles of first responders.

https://starlocalmedia.com/planocourier/plano-fire-station-unveils-new-mural-in-remembrance-of/article_963a4d40-3bca-11ea-a212-3371f159fe14.html

Plano firefighter Larson Leidig remembers when he first knew the Twin Towers and the Pentagon had been struck by hijacked planes. Leidig was in basic training with the United States

“We’ve waited all these years, and we wanted to make sure it’s done right,” James said this week. “To us, it’s a monumen...
01/22/2020
Steel Beam From 9/11 To Be Installed at PFARS Headquarters | Town Topics

“We’ve waited all these years, and we wanted to make sure it’s done right,” James said this week. “To us, it’s a monument for many people who lost their lives that day, and after.”

http://www.towntopics.com/wordpress/2020/01/22/steel-beam-from-9-11-to-be-installed-at-pfars-headquarters/

A PERMANENT MEMORIAL: From left: Princeton Fire & Rescue Squad (PFARS) President Mark Freda, Engine Company No. 1 President William Shields, and former Princeton Fire Department Deputy Chief Roy James have been working to make the installation of a 9/11 memorial at the PFARS site a reality. The stee...

09/11/2019
Fort Irwin 9/11 Memorial

New York City Fire Department (FDNY) Ladder Truck 152, which was part of the Freedom's Flame 9/11 Memorial Foundation for many years, is now a part of the Fort Irwin 9/11 Memorial.

In time, perhaps, we will mark the memory of September the 11th in stone and metal -- something we can show children as ...
09/11/2019

In time, perhaps, we will mark the memory of September the 11th in stone and metal -- something we can show children as yet unborn to help them understand what happened on this minute and on this day.

But for those of us who lived through these events, the only marker we'll ever need is the tick of a clock at the 46th minute of the eighth hour of the 11th day. We will remember where we were and how we felt. We will remember the dead and what we owe them. We will remember what we lost and what we found.

And in our time, we will honor the memory of the 11th day by doing our duty as citizens of this great country, freedom's home and freedoms defender. God bless.

~ George W. Bush, December 11, 2001

http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2001/12/20011211-1.html

On September 11, 2001–a clear, sunny, late summer day–al Qaeda terrorists aboard three hijacked passenger planes carried...
09/11/2019
9/11 Timeline

On September 11, 2001–a clear, sunny, late summer day–al Qaeda terrorists aboard three hijacked passenger planes carried out coordinated suicide attacks against the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., killing everyone on board the planes and nearly 3,000 people on the ground. A fourth plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing all on board, after passengers and crew attempted to wrest control from the hijackers. Below is a chronology of the events of 9/11 as they unfolded. All times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

https://www.history.com/topics/21st-century/9-11-timeline

On September 11, 2001–a clear, sunny, late summer day–al Qaeda terrorists aboard three hijacked passenger planes carried out coordinated suicide attacks against

It took more than 200 volunteers on Sept. 7, including Pepperdine faculty, staff and students and Malibu community membe...
09/10/2019
Waves of Flags at Pepperdine University mark a poignant 9/11 remembrance in Malibu

It took more than 200 volunteers on Sept. 7, including Pepperdine faculty, staff and students and Malibu community members, to place the flags that overlook the Pacific Ocean. The display will be up until Sept. 25 at the corner of Malibu Canyon Road and Pacific Coast Highway.

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Pepperdine University’s annual Waves of Flags is the setting for a 9/11 service of remembrance.

When the names of nearly 3,000 Sept. 11 victims are read aloud Wednesday at the World Trade Center, a half-dozen stacks ...
09/10/2019
At 9/11 memorial, new recognition for a longer-term toll

When the names of nearly 3,000 Sept. 11 victims are read aloud Wednesday at the World Trade Center, a half-dozen stacks of stone will quietly salute an untold number of people who aren’t on the list.

The granite slabs were installed on the memorial plaza this spring. They recognize an initially unseen toll of the 2001 terrorist attacks: firefighters, police and others who died or fell ill after exposure to toxins unleashed in the wreckage.

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NEW YORK (AP) — When the names of nearly 3,000 Sept. 11 victims are read aloud Wednesday at the World Trade Center, a half-dozen stacks of stone will quietly salute an untold number of people who...

"It is almost incomprehensible that after losing 343 members on September 11, we have now had 200 more FDNY members die ...
07/19/2019
The 200th firefighter just died from a World Trade Center-related illness

"It is almost incomprehensible that after losing 343 members on September 11, we have now had 200 more FDNY members die due to World Trade Center illness," Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a statement. "These heroes gave their lives bravely fighting to rescue and recover others. We will never forget them."

New York officials say 200 firefighters have now lost their lives from illnesses stemming from their time working at the World Trade Center after the terror attacks on September 11,

"Nobody could fill his shoes or be who he was," said Bobby Gies. "I think we try our hardest to keep the name going."
07/16/2019
Sons follow footsteps of dad killed 9/11

"Nobody could fill his shoes or be who he was," said Bobby Gies. "I think we try our hardest to keep the name going."

Ronnie E. Gies is never far from his three boys. He's there, in the FDNY badge number -- 11524 -- that Tommy has worn since he began training at the fire academy in 2004. He's there in his namesake se

His death was announced by his family on Facebook in a post that read, “We told him at the end that he had won this batt...
06/30/2019
Former NYPD detective and 9/11 first responder Luis Alvarez dead at 53

His death was announced by his family on Facebook in a post that read, “We told him at the end that he had won this battle by the many lives he had touched by sharing his three year battle. He was at peace with that, surrounded by family.’’

Luis Alvarez, an NYPD detective who suffered from cancer brought on by his time at Ground Zero — died Saturday, nearly three weeks after joining comedian Jon Stewart in a moving plea to Congress to…

Archivists who bought a stash of CDs at a house clearance sale found 2,400 photos of Ground Zero in New York taken follo...
06/22/2019
Unseen 9/11 photos found after CD sale

Archivists who bought a stash of CDs at a house clearance sale found 2,400 photos of Ground Zero in New York taken following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

They appear to have been taken by an as yet unidentified construction worker who helped to clear up the wreckage of the World Trade Center towers and surrounding area.

The CDs were in poor condition but the data was ultimately retrievable.

The archivists have uploaded the photos to Flickr.

The digital albums include images of Ground Zero itself taken both at ground level and from above, construction staff at work and the damaged interiors of the blocks surrounding the towers.

Read more:
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-48689783

The images were stored on CD Roms bought at a house clearance sale.

03/12/2019
WSB-TV

#NeverForget

🇺🇸 #NeverForget: This video released by the TSA this morning is hard to watch. It depicts the events of 9/11 as they unfolded through actual audio of first responders, air traffic controllers, dispatch personnel, airline employees, pilots, citizens, pilots, and terrorists: https://2wsb.tv/2x70dI6

"Westchester is home to many heroes who ran toward the chaos on that fateful day – and in the days following it - in low...
01/17/2019
Here's how to help Westchester create memorial to victims of 9/11 illnesses

"Westchester is home to many heroes who ran toward the chaos on that fateful day – and in the days following it - in lower Manhattan," he said. "These heroes subjected themselves to various dangerous fumes and chemicals which caused permanent damage to themselves and deserve to be honored."

https://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/2019/01/12/westchester-911-memorial/2445279002/

At least 15 county residents have died from rescue-related illnesses, according to Westchester.

A tribute to thousands of rescue and recovery workers who labored in the ruins of the World Trade Center is taking shape...
01/17/2019
Tribute to 9/11 workers takes shape in granite country

A tribute to thousands of rescue and recovery workers who labored in the ruins of the World Trade Center is taking shape in Vermont, where workers are chipping at and chiseling slabs of granite that will be installed this spring at the national Sept. 11 memorial.

The new area with a path flanked by stone monoliths will also honor those sickened or who died from exposure to toxins after the towers fell.

https://wreg.com/2019/01/16/tribute-to-9-11-workers-takes-shape-in-granite-country/

The new area with a path flanked by stone monoliths will also honor those sickened or who died from exposure to toxins after the towers fell.

He escaped one act of terrorism, but not a second. American Jason Spindler, a survivor of the 9/11 terror attacks, was a...
01/17/2019
American who survived 9/11 killed in Kenya attack

He escaped one act of terrorism, but not a second. American Jason Spindler, a survivor of the 9/11 terror attacks, was among at least 14 people killed Tuesday when militants stormed a hotel and office complex in Nairobi, Kenya.

Nairobi News cites colleagues as saying the founder and CEO of investment firm I-DEV International, located in the targeted complex, was eating lunch at the hotel when the attack occurred.

https://kdvr.com/2019/01/16/american-who-survived-911-killed-in-kenya-attack/

NAIROBI, Kenya -- He escaped one act of terrorism, but not a second. American Jason Spindler, a survivor of the 9/11 terror attacks, was among at least 14 people killed Tuesday when militants stormed a hotel and office complex in Nairobi, Kenya. Nairobi News cites colleagues as saying the founder an...

In May of 2014, the 9/11 Memorial Museum opened in New York by the World Trade Center site. The museum honors the many v...
12/17/2018
9/11 Lost and Found: The Items Left Behind

In May of 2014, the 9/11 Memorial Museum opened in New York by the World Trade Center site. The museum honors the many victims of the attacks and all those who risked their lives to rescue and save others.

Over the years, the museum has worked to document the events of 9/11 with oral histories and over 11,000 artifacts collected from Ground Zero, donated from survivors and victims’ loved ones. Here is a look at some of the items in their collection, and the heavy stories they carry.

Read more:
https://www.history.com/news/9-11-artifacts-ground-zero-photos

From a bloodied pair of shoes, to IDs to jewelry, here is a look at some of the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s more than 11,000 artifacts—and the heavy stories they carry.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, eight-year-old Amy Gaines’ father, Scott, dropped her off at the school bus stop. ...
12/17/2018
A Daughter, Her Father, 9/11 and “The Weight of Dust”

On the morning of September 11, 2001, eight-year-old Amy Gaines’ father, Scott, dropped her off at the school bus stop. It was supposed to be the first day of his last vacation before his retirement after 20 years as a New York City police officer.

But then, news broke that a plane — and then, a second one — had flown into the World Trade Center. So Scott Gaines headed to Ground Zero, where he would continue to work for the next two months.

Read more:
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/a-daughter-her-father-9-11-and-the-weight-of-dust/

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