Event date: November 16th
On Friday evening, the world witnessed another set of incomprehensible attacks against a city filled with people simply going about their lives. In an instant, so many innocent men and women were brutally killed or injured by terrorists. For this to happen in Paris – a vibrant city known for light, life, and love – is beyond all measure of tragedy. As 9/11 Memorial Chairman, Michael Bloomberg, noted, these are “despicable acts of terrorism that only strengthen our resolve to defeat forces of fear and hatred.”
In a show of support for the people of Paris, the National September 11 Memorial will hold a gathering as we stand united with France at the 9/11 Memorial on Monday, November 16 at 2:30 p.m. (#UnitedwithFrance) to pay tribute to those who were killed in the Paris terrorist attacks, those who were injured, and the first responders who confronted terror and tragedy with incredible bravery. We welcome all those who wish to pay their respects and show support for France during this difficult time.
The gathering will take place near the Survivor Tree on the Memorial. If you plan to attend the gathering, please arrive no later than 2:15 p.m. Items of tribute such as flowers in blue, white, and red will be distributed and you are also welcome to bring your own personal tributes to place at the Memorial and share your messages of support online using #UnitedwithFrance. There is no more fitting site to demonstrate the solidarity between our two nations, and I encourage you to join us.
In the wake of these attacks in Paris, it’s difficult to avoid the painful memories of 9/11. For the people of the United States, and particularly for those of us here in New York, who have also experienced tremendous loss on our own soil, it’s important to remember the strength we can share with each other and how much of a force for good we can be when united. After 9/11, so many nations reached out to support our country, and now, it’s our turn to demonstrate the solidarity between the U.S. and France. In the face of utter depravity, we stand together for Paris, united through compassion and kindness.