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9/11 Survivors Commemorate 15-Year Anniversary with First History Book of Survivors Stories

Three Michigan Survivors Featured in Book “Hotel 9/11”

Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund Applauds Release of Important History; Trustees to Meet with Book Author in New York City

New York, NY – This year’s 9/11 commemoration will coincide with a book launch organized by the non-profit organization September 11 Survivors of Three World Trade Center, Inc. in commemoration of the 15-year anniversary of the attack.  Hundreds of survivors escaped from Three World Trade Center, a hotel at the World Trade Center that was destroyed on September 11, 2001.  From Michigan, there were multiple 9/11 survivors.  Three of these survivors are featured in the book.  James Caleca, Patrick Anderson and Ilhan Geckil all hail from Michigan.  

Joyce Ng, founder of the 9/11 Survivors charity, remarked  “This book took 15 years to compile. It is the only book that tells of the stories of the people who escaped from the Marriott World Trade Center hotel. Nearly 1,000 guests were registered at the hotel on September 11.  Many stories that took place in the hotel are still unknown, but they provide significant insight into the history of 9/11.”

Joyce Ng survived the attacks and founded the organization as a way for survivors and families to share their experiences and to assist each other in healing. “Fifteen years ago, we vowed to never forget the tragedy that unfolded in New York. Honoring 9/11 memories with a book is a way to preserve the memories of September 11th” Ng said. The foreword was written by the National September 11 Memorial and Museum’s President Joe Daniels.

Patrick Anderson, the founder of Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund, congratulated the organization on the production of the book. “These efforts allow us to tell the stories of real people that witnessed the 9/11 tragedy, and we are particularly pleased that three of the Michigan survivors have contributed first-person remembrances to this important history. The Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund will itself remember the Michigan victims this year, as in every year, on its website and in our annual Run to Remember, to be held in Lansing on the morning of September 10, 2016.”  Patrick Anderson and Ilhan Geckil, two Michigan survivors and trustees of the Fund, are scheduled to meet Joyce Ng and receive copies of the book in New York on the morning of September 9, 2016.

The hotel, also known as Vista hotel, Marriott hotel, or Three World Trade Center, was situated inside the World Trade Center complex, and connected the North and South towers. During the attacks on World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, the hotel lobby was used as a staging area for firefighters and rescue personnel. The hotel was hit by parts of the plane that crashed into the complex, and was completely destroyed from the collapse of the North and South towers.

Jan Ramirez, Chief Curator at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center Foundation, Inc. declared the book an official artifact of the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum and stated, “The fate of those connected to the World Trade Center hotel on 9/11 is critical to understanding the scope of the day’s cataclysmic events. Its survivors formed one of the earliest, still enduring networks of communication and activities promoting resilience, education, and remembrance of the courage, sacrifices and losses of September 11, 2001.  The Memorial Museum is honored to have collaborated with the World Trade Center Marriott Hotel Survivors’ group to collect some of the personal stories and evidence associated with that compelling history. “

The group organizes gatherings each September to mark the anniversary of the attacks. Survivors and families come together from all over the country to support each other.

For more information, contact Joyce Ng, using the email address info at 3worldtradecenter.org. Patrick Anderson can be reached through his East Lansing office at 517 333 6984.

Purchase Hotel 9/11: An Oral History from Survivors of 3 World Trade Center here

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September 11 Survivors of Three World Trade Center, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded by survivors who escaped 3 World Trade Center (World Trade Center Hotel) on September 11, 2001. Membership is open to those affected by the events of September 11, including hotel survivors, hotel responders, hotel employees, hotel guests, family members, or anyone else who support our mission. Our mission is to increase the strength and resiliency of the survivors of Three World Trade Center and others who survived the attacks on September 11th, 2001; to remember the sacrifices and the losses of that day; to promote the improvement of life for survivors; and to educate the public on the impact of terrorism and its aftermath.
This organization is maintained solely from volunteer effort and funded through donations. Donations are fully tax-deductible and are used to support the activities of the group.