The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation announced today the formation of two drafting committees that will participate in the planning for a World Trade Center memorial: the Memorial Mission Statement Drafting Committee and the Memorial Program Drafting Committee. Each committee will be comprised of 11 individuals representing various points of view - including victims’ families, survivors, first responders, residents and employees of Lower Manhattan and representatives of cultural and architectural institutions.
The Mission Statement Drafting Committee will draft a mission statement that will be used to guide the development of the memorial at the World Trade Center site. The Committee will use as its starting point a preliminary mission statement created by the LMDC Families Advisory Council.
The Program Drafting Committee will work with LMDC staff to create a draft memorial program that identifies elements to be incorporated into guidelines for a future international memorial design competition. LMDC will provide the committee with research materials on other memorial programs throughout the world, as well as a report of the public comments received to date.
In carrying out their work, both committees will consider the extensive public input the LMDC has received through Advisory Councils, public forums in every borough and New Jersey, a questionnaire sent to relatives of every World Trade Center victim, and thousands of emails sent to LMDC.
Both committees are expected to complete their work by early next year, followed by the launch of an international design competition. The draft Mission Statement and Program will be subject to public comment, through LMDC’s Advisory Councils, posting the documents on LMDC’s website, mailing the documents to relatives of every person killed at the World Trade Center and other public outreach initiatives.
LMDC Chairman John C. Whitehead said, “These two special committees are crucial to developing our plans for the World Trade Center memorial. The mission statement and the memorial program will become invaluable guidelines for the upcoming design competition.”
LMDC President Louis R. Tomson said, “As these committees embark on their important work, I want to thank the LMDC Families Advisory Council for the tremendous effort they dedicated to creating a draft mission statement. They helped articulate a vision for the memorial and sparked a thoughtful public dialogue on how we remember the victims of September 11th. I also want to thank the committee members for agreeing to volunteer many hours of their time.”
In recent months, LMDC has been engaged in extensive research of other memorial programs around the world to inform the process of creating a memorial at the World Trade Center site. Research included a tour of memorials in New York City, meetings with key planners of other memorials and a memorial speakers series. In early October a group of LMDC staff, Board members, and families of victims visited over 15 memorials in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Oklahoma City, and Montgomery, Alabama.
LMDC Memorial mission statement drafting committee
LMDC Memorial program drafting committee
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