This past May marked the 15th anniversary of the end of rescue and recovery efforts at the site of the World Trade Center. To mark that solemn occasion, and to recognize the commitment and sacrifice of the thousands of men and women who toiled at Ground Zero after 9/11, a new memorial and dedication will be built at the World Trade Center site, it was recently announced.

9/11 Memorial & Museum Board Chairman Michael R. Bloomberg, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and board member Jon Stewart announced the dedication in late May as part of activities commemorating the work of rescue and recovery workers following the attacks. The commemoration included a ceremony in the museum near the Last Column, the final steel beam removed from Ground Zero when recovery operations ended as well as a moment of silence to remember those who have passed away due to 9/11-related illnesses.

Funding and support for the memorial will be provided by the state, through its affiliates, as well as by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The announcement followed months of efforts to find a solemn and permanent way to honor rescue and recovery workers as well as locating an appropriate place at the WTC site to do so.

The permanent dedication will be located on the Memorial Glade, the grassy clearing on the southwest corner of the 8-acre plaza near the Survivor Tree. The memorial and museum will lead in the planning, design and development of the dedication with the memorial’s architects, including Michael Arad.

The dedication will expand on existing exhibitions and programming that examine the impact the 9/11 attacks had on the health of first responders, workers, survivors, residents and others.

Those impacts are ongoing and continue to affect thousands of individuals and families living with serious health ailments or the loss of a loved one due to their work at Ground Zero. While a memorial to the brave men and women who helped this city recover after that horrible day is welcome and overdue, they also need to help, compensation, and care to help them with the day-to-day challenges caused by 9/11-related injuries and illnesses.

That is our mission – our only mission – at Turley, Hansen & Rosasco. We are the only law firm in the nation that focuses solely on representing victims and first responders for their 9/11 related illnesses – and our World Trade Center lawyers have been there from the beginning. Though the years we have not only recovered millions of dollars in compensation and helped victims get the health care and support they need, we have also been fierce advocates for the legislation that provides such support. We actively and proudly assisted the “Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act” in passing the reauthorization of the Zadroga Act in 2015, which ensures that benefits, treatment, and compensation to the thousands of individuals and families will continue to be available for those dealing with 9/11-related illnesses and losses. 

If you have questions or need help with your 9/11 compensation claims, please call us today at 1-855-WTC-INFO (1-855-982-4636) or fill out our contact form to arrange for your free 9/11 claim evaluation. We look forward to assisting you.