9/11 Cleanup Commemoration Ceremony

May 29, 2020
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We wanted to share the notice below from the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum regarding their Digital Commemorative Ceremony on Saturday, May 30, at 11:00.

Each year on May 30, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum marks the anniversary of the formal end of the nine-month recovery operations at Ground Zero with a commemoration. Together, we honor the courage and sacrifice of all 9/11 rescue, recovery, and relief workers, as well as survivors and members of the Lower Manhattan community. While we will not be able to join together in person in observance of the 18th anniversary, please join us on Saturday, May 30, at 11:00 a.m. ET for this special online ceremony, which can be viewed on our website or on YouTube.

Additionally, to coincide with this annual commemoration, we invite you to attend our live, digital public program on Friday, May 29 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Dr. Kerry Kelly, who served as chief medical officer for the FDNY (1994-2018) and was herself a 9/11 first responder, will speak about the FDNY’s response to the physical and psychological needs of its members following the 9/11 attacks and the strides made in the treatment and monitoring of first responders. Dr. Kelly continues to be involved with the WTC Health Program. She is also now focused on the impact of COVID-19 in her community. You can attend by visiting

The virtual ceremony will be captioned, and an audio description will also be available.

Background of the May 30th Commemoration

In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, unprecedented rescue, relief, and recovery efforts began, with volunteers and donations pouring in from around the country. During the nine-month recovery period after the attacks, those thousands of individuals transformed “the pile” — the mountain of steel and debris where the towers once stood — into an excavated pit that reached 70 feet below ground.

In total, it took nine months to remove 1.8 million tons of debris, extinguish fires, and recover victims and survivors from the World Trade Center site. May 30, 2002, marked the formal end of those efforts. The day is now observed with a commemorative ceremony in honor of the rescue, recovery, and relief workers, as well as the survivors.

The years since 9/11 have taken a toll on its heroes in the form of 9/11-related illnesses, many of which are latent and still being discovered. In return for their service, Congress has enacted several programs designed to aid 9/11 victims, survivors, and rescue workers. The World Trade Center Health Program monitors and treats 9/11-related illnesses, while the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund provides financial compensation to victims, survivors, rescue workers, and residents and employees of Lower Manhattan.

Contact a 9/11 Lawyer for More Information About the WTC Health Program and the VCF

For more information about programs designed to aid individuals who are suffering from 9/11-related health conditions, please contact a 9/11 lawyer at Pitta & Baione by using our online contact form or by calling us at 844-982-2667.