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Why 9/11 still matters today, 17 years later
The Post and Courier
by Robert Behre
No one in the Lowcountry has lived 9/11 quite like Joe Daniels has.
Daniels was named the new CEO of the National Medal of Honor Museum planned at Patriots Point earlier this year, not long after finishing up almost 12 years as president and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City.
He was drawn to that New York project because, on the morning just after the first passenger plane slammed into the World Trade Center, he was exiting a nearby subway.
He vividly recalls all sorts of details from that tragic day, and his career would be steered into a position where he would hear firsthand so many 9/11 stories from so many others.
Seventeen years later, Daniels said 9/11 should remind everyone that the United States, so long protected by two vast oceans, remains vulnerable. And that one of its most powerful assets is its people.
“What attracted me to this museum is the belief that the most powerful thing a museum can do is to take individuals stories of what people did, whether it was the New York Fire Department or the absolute heroics of regular people on an airplane or in the building, and you can tell those stories in an emotional way,” he said. “I think that has the opportunity to change how somebody lives.”