On the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, we remember a day that changed us forever.
Keeping that in mind, the team traveled last month to Lower Manhattan for a tour of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Players, coaches, and staff members visited the 110,000 square feet of exhibit space inside the country’s principal institution for documenting and exploring the continuing significance of the events. They also heard testimonials from Joe Daniels, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Memorial and Museum, and Jonathan M. Tisch, Treasurer of the New York Giants.
“On behalf of the Mara and Tisch families, it is always an important moment when our team shows leadership in the New York-New Jersey area,” Tisch said during the memorial visit. “The New York Football Giants are the first major sports franchise to come and see the 9/11 museum, the memorial to those that we lost, to those that we loved, and certainly to the men and women who still fight today to ensure that the freedoms that we sometimes take for granted can be enjoyed by all Americans every single day of the year.”
Team captains Eli Manning and Victor Cruz were deeply moved by the tour with their teammates.
“This was special to be here with the team,” Manning said. “Everybody remembers that day in 2001, 9/11. To be here in New York City and just to hear some of the phone calls that were made on the planes, the letters, or see the pictures of the firefighters and police officers who gave their lives to try to help other people, it was really powerful being there. [I’m] really glad that, as a team, we got to see it together.”
“It’s humbling to know that people risked their lives in saving people and you get to hear all those stories,” Cruz added. “I was just a kid when it happened, so you see it when you’re here walking these halls and seeing all the memorials and you really appreciate the simple fact of just being able to wake up and see your family every day. Being here is definitely humbling and saddening at the same time.”
For more information on the 9/11 Memorial, visit www.911memorial.org.
Today I reminded of the strength of my great country. We are strong b/c we stand as one when it counts pic.twitter.com/3mvfUfbyrK— William Beatty (@willbeatty65) August 20, 2014
9/11 memorial muesem "No day shall erase you from the memory of time" pic.twitter.com/04pCrqmrHV— Odell Beckham Jr (@OBJ_3) August 20, 2014
Honoring the fallen heroes @ the 9/11 memorial and museum with my team. pic.twitter.com/WABsdatN2q— Zak DeOssie (@zdeossie) August 20, 2014