As the president and CEO of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, one of Alice Greenwald’s most important tasks is to educate and inspire the younger generation, and to ensure that the heroism and sacrifices of 2001 will never be forgotten.
“If you think about 20 years, that is the span of a generation. There are tens of millions of young people, young people under the age of college, all born after 2001. [Others] They were toddlers, and when 9/11 happened, they were still babies,” she said.
“For those of us who witnessed the 9/11 incident 20 years ago, it has been imprinted in our consciousness. We will never remember what our eyes saw. But for this generation, it is a need to learn History,” Greenwald told Reuters.
Before this year’s anniversary, museums and memorials launched a new event and fundraiser called “Never Forget Fund”, which will support educational programs to teach young people about attacks and global consequences.
Greenwald said the museum is located in Lower Manhattan, close to the place where the World Trade Center collapsed after being hit by two planes hijacked by Islamic militants on September 11, 2001-providing an important place for the younger generation. Lessons to help them overcome extraordinary difficulties.
“This memorial, this museum tells a story about the best of human nature to deal with the worst. We need to remind this generation that when faced with challenges, they have the ability to unity, hope, and resilience. Imagine it, but not ready yet. It’s easy to deal with.”
She added: “But you will come forward, if you come together, you will encounter adversity and win.”
“This is a groundbreaking event in American and global history that happened here,” Greenwald said. “And we cannot violate our promise twenty years ago. We will never forget.”