FOP Prevails on 9/11 Memorial Bill

02/10/2016

Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, applauded the House of Representatives following the passage of H.R. 3036, the "National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act," on a 387–12 vote this week.

"Seventy-one officers were killed when the two World Trade Center buildings collapsed in New York City. Dozens more have passed away in the years following 2001 as the direct result of illnesses contracted while working in the hazardous conditions immediately following the attacks in New York. These brave men and women deserve to be honored for their ultimate sacrifice," said Canterbury.

The "National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act" will give the current 9/11 Memorial Federal recognition and support by deeming the site a national memorial and authorizing $25 million in annual funding for the 9/11 Memorial plaza. The site currently relies on private donations to their non-profit foundation for its funding.

"This legislation will ensure that anyone may access this sacred site and honor the lives that were lost that day. By authorizing funding to support the 9/11 Memorial plaza's security and operations, we can guarantee that this sacred space will always be a free site of remembrance open to all," said Canterbury.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.