Sept. 9, 2011

A Statement by the Presidents of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine in Commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

U.S. Navy photo by Michael W. PendergrassWe join our fellow citizens in remembering the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and their families on the 10th anniversary of that tragic day. We are grateful to the nation’s first responders, and recall the heroism of emergency workers at Ground Zero in New York City and here at the Pentagon. And we are thankful to all those who have served to defend and protect our nation over the past decade.

In the aftermath of Sept. 11, our scientific, engineering, and medical communities took on a heightened responsibility to pursue research aimed at strengthening the security of the United States. Within a year of the attacks, the National Research Council issued the report Making the Nation Safer: The Role of Science and Technology in Countering Terrorism.  Other reports and workshops since then have helped to better protect the country from terrorism and prepare for future emergencies.

We will never forget the tragic losses of Sept. 11.


Ralph J. Cicerone
President, National Academy of Sciences


Charles M. Vest
President, National Academy of Engineering


Harvey V. Fineberg
President, Institute of Medicine