New York, NY – Former President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation, will address families and the community affected by the 9/11 attacks at the VOICES of September 11th (VOICES) “Day of Remembrance” on September 10, 2008. In his address, President Clinton will reflect on the progress that has been made over the last seven years and the global threats that still remain.
“Seven years cannot fully heal the wounds or erase the images of one of the worst tragedies ever to happen on American soil,” said President Clinton. “On September 11th , our hearts will be with the families who lost loved ones too soon, and our prayers with the men and women defending our freedom around the world. But just as we reflect on the past, we must look ahead to ensure we are doing all we can to support families, unite our communities, and protect our country from future acts of terrorism.”
President Clinton will also discuss the challenges that families continue to face and the work VOICES does to support this community. The “Day of Remembrance” is part of VOICES’ annual event to reflect on the 9/11 anniversary, which includes forums, panel discussions, and updates on the progress made in a variety of areas of interest to families. Year-round, VOICES advocates and provides services for those affected by promoting public policy reform on prevention, preparedness and response to terrorism and by providing information, outreach and programs to its more than 7,000 members. For more information, visit www.voicesofsept11.org.
Voices of September 11th was co-founded by 9/11 family members Mary Fetchet and Beverly Eckert immediately following the attacks on September 11th. The organization provides information and resources to over 7,000 9/11 families, rescue workers and survivors impacted by the attacks on September 11, 2001. VOICES services include teleconference support groups, case management services, a weekly e-newsletter and an annual September 10th Information Forum and September 11th Commemorative Luncheon in New York City. VOICES supported the creation of the 9/11 Commission and legislation based on their recommendations, with a focus on promoting preparedness on the local, state and federal level.
In 2006 VOICES launched the 9/11 Living Memorial, a digital archive, www.911livingmemorial.org, that commemorates the lives lost and documents firsthand accounts of rescue workers and survivors. The 9/11 Living Memorial includes photographs, written tributes and personal keepsakes as well as documentation of memorials and memorial foundations that were created in their memory. A family tribute page has been created for each of the nearly 3,000 victims along with a personal guestbook in which family, friends and coworkers can share their reflections. For more info, visit www.voicesofsept11.org or call (203) 966-3911.
Former President Clinton
VOICES of September 11th “Day of Remembrance” Address to Families
Marriot Hotel Downtown
85 West Street at Albany Street
New York, NY
5 p.m. on September 10, 2008
Press Set-time: 4:30 p.m.