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NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says an agreement that paves the way for the completion of the Sept. 11 museum has been reached a day before the 11th anniversary of the terror attacks.
Cuomo announced the agreement between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the foundation that controls the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on Monday. The Port Authority owns the World Trade Center site.
The museum once was scheduled to open this year. Work slowed late last year when the subcontractors at the site stopped getting paid.
Almost 4.5 million people have visited the accompanying outdoor memorial since it opened last September.
The memorial includes a plaza where waterfalls fill the fallen towers' footprints. It opened last year and has attracted millions of visitors.
"By ensuring that no additional public funds are spent to complete the Memorial and Museum," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, "today's agreement puts in place a critical and long overdue safeguard to finally protect toll payers and taxpayers from bearing further costs, and, at the same time, put the project on a path for completion."
Local 9/11 observances
From Staff Reports
The Freedom Flag Committee invites the public to attend a Patriot Day program Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Freedom Flag Plaza in Corsicana’s Bunert Park on East Highway 31.
Speaker will be Capt. Jon M. Basham from Fort Hood where he is the Deputy Chief, Resource Management Division at Darnall Army Medical Center. Capt. Basham has been deployed for both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
Basham has received the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 campaign stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with one campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 2) and the NATO Medal.
The public is invited to hear Captain Basham and to honor our first responders and military heroes.
Tuesday evening, the Corsicana Ministerial Alliance is sponsoring a community 9/11 memorial service starting at 6:50 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church, 1200 N. 13th Street.
There will be singing led by Phil Moore, Minister of Music at Northside Baptist Church. The singing will be a combination of praise songs, hymns, and patriotic music. Special music will also be shared by Beverly Russell and Norma Scott. The pianist for the evening will be Pam Crawford. In addition to the singing, there will be pledges to the American and Christian flags. Prayers will be offered for our national, state, and local officials.
Bro. Dairy Johnson, president of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, will bring the message for the evening. The purpose of this service is to focus on remembering the lives lost and their families, those who had a part in rescuing and helping the injured during the terrorist attack on American soil on 9/11/2001, and our military.
This service is open to all who would like to come together for a memorial service on the anniversary of that horrible day. A special invitation is given to all veterans, active military, local officials, as well as members of our police, fire, and sheriff departments.
Following the service there will be a reception in the fellowship hall.
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