"It's an honor to join in your memories, to recall and to reflect, but above all to reaffirm the true spirit of 9/11 -- love, compassion, sacrifice -- and to enshrine it forever in the heart of our nation," said President Obama to an audience of victims' relatives, survivors, rescuers and recovery workers.Obama also honored the memory of Welles Crowther who was known simply as "the man in the red bandanna." Obama said the 24-year-old equities trader wore the red handkerchief over his nose and mouth while calmly leading survivors down the stairs to safety. He carried one woman on his shoulders down 17 flights.
Obama said Crowther represents the "true spirit" of 9/11 -- love, compassion and sacrifice.The museum which houses more than 10,000 artifacts, 23,000 photographs, 1,900 oral histories and 500 hours of film and video, officially opens to the public on May 21.
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