Rep. Dan Donovan votes to designate 9/11 site national memorial
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Rep. Daniel Donovan voted along with the House Tuesday to designate the 9/11 Memorial a national memorial, opening up the potential for federal funding.
Donovan (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) is a co-sponsor of the bill that, if signed into law, would add the 9/11 Memorial to a list of other places of national significance, including the National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC and the Johnstown Flood National Memorial in Pennsylvania.
The Senate has not yet voted on the bill.
"When the towers fell, they took Americans from every corner of our country," Donovan said. "Heroes came to Lower Manhattan to sift through the rubble and pick up the pieces in an inspiring national effort. It's a site of national tragedy and national heroism, and it must also be the site of a national memorial."
The designation would allow the 9/11 Memorial to compete for federal funds for security and maintenance, and with several million being spent every year on security alone, that could go a long way in allowing the memorial to remain free to the public and properly maintained
Michael Frazier, spokesperson for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, said, "It would tremendously help us maintain the upkeep of the 9/11 memorial."
The museum, which charges admission, is separate and would not be part of the designation.
"Any funding, any support would really help us with the operations," he said. "Obviously this designation shows the memorial as a national memorial ... as a place that this country should be proud of."
Frazier spoke highly of Donovan's work for the memorial, having been there several times.
"He has been a supporter for some time and we appreciate it."