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Remembering those lost on 9/11 and building for the future

September 5, 2017

Zurich’s KAMP Leadership Award and the 9/11 Tribute Museum are helping to keep alive the memories of those who were lost on 9/11 and inspire others to find meaningful ways to remember.

911 tribute gallery

911 galleryAs the 16th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks approaches, how do we continue to honor those lost and encourage others to carry on their legacy?

It is a question we at Zurich North America face each year as we nominate fellow employees for the KAMP Leadership Award, which was created in remembrance of the four Zurich employees who died in the attacks.

911 ceremonyThe 9/11 Tribute Museum has also asked that question, and the recent opening of a new, expanded museum in downtown Manhattan goes a long way toward providing answers. The 9/11 Tribute Museum is a project of the September 11th Families’ Association, where people from the 9/11 community share their personal stories.

In a way, Zurich and the 9/11 Tribute Museum are on separate but parallel paths that will help honor the memory of those lost on that day and inspire others to continue to find meaningful ways to remember them.

Zurich shares the museum’s vision and, to that end, has made a four-year commitment totaling $500,000 toward the “Rebuilding and Remembering”gallery in the new facility on Greenwich Street. The gallery focuses on stories of resilience and of the rebuilding—literally and figuratively—of the communities of lower Manhattan; Arlington County, Virginia; and Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

911 garden plaqueSince 2002, Zurich North America has presented the KAMP Leadership Award to celebrate the lives of the four colleagues who were lost in the World Trade Center attacks. KAMP is an acronym representing each of their last names: John Keohane, Peggy Alario, Kathy Moran and Lud Picarro.

The annual award has evolved over the years to become more than a memorial to those lost colleagues. It also serves as a reminder about “Keeping A Meaningful Perspective,” something each of them exemplified in their lives. Nominated by their colleagues, KAMP Award winners demonstrate leadership, extraordinary care and passion for their work, a courageous spirit in the workplace, a high standard of integrity, and leadership and commitment to the larger community.

The 9/11 Tribute Museum, likewise, has also evolved in its mission. Sharing authentic, personal stories from those who were impacted by 9/11 will remain as its core programming. But new exhibitions share the story of rebuilding and the great work of 9/11 foundations, culminating in a section that encourages visitors to take the next step by getting involved in charity and volunteer work. “Seeds of Service” is a digital exhibit that inspires visitors to choose a service project and community engagement.

A new generation is coming of age that has no direct memory of the terrible events of Sept. 11, 2001. But through the efforts of the 9/11 Tribute Museum, the KAMP Leadership Award and other organizations and actions, we can remind them of the good that came in the wake of this tragedy. Just as those we lost made a difference in our lives, we can continue to make a positive difference in the lives of others.