Date:  Sep 22, 2011

Press Release Number:  116


MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT, FORMER MARINE SGT. DAKOTA MEYER, VISITS WORLD TRADE CENTER WITH PORT AUTHORITY LEADERS

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today hosted Medal of Honor recipient, former Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer, on a tour of the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center – which opened to the public nine days ago – and One World Trade Center – where he signed a steel beam on the 72nd floor.

Sgt. Meyer was welcomed to the site by Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni, Port Authority Police Superintendent Michael Fedorko and 9/11 Memorial and Museum President Joe Daniels.

President Barack Obama awarded Sgt. Meyer, 23, the Medal of Honor on September 15 for his actions in saving 36 lives during a battle on September 8, 2009. Sgt. Meyer is the first living marine to receive this award since 1973 for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Today, a ceremony was held by the Memorial’s South Pool to commemorate Sgt. Meyer’s achievements, as well as to honor other veterans from the Port Authority Police Department Marine Corps. Association, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association (IAVA), and a number of veteran construction workers from the World Trade Center site.

Following the ceremony, Sgt. Meyer was given a tour of One WTC and signed a steel beam on the 72nd floor. A mark of significant progress, the tower has reached the 82nd floor.

Photo of Sgt. Dakota Meyer

Photo of Sgt. Dakota Meyer

Photo of Sgt. Dakota Meyer

CONTACT:
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Sara Beth Joren, 212 435-7777

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which is self-sufficient and does not receive tax dollars from either state, operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; the Port Authority-Port Jersey Marine Terminal and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.