20 years since 9/11: Museum launches fund so next generation 'never forgets'

9/11 Museum & Memorial Launches Never Forget Fund The National September 11 Memorial & Museum launches the Never Forget fundraiser to focus on conveying the story of the deadly day. The National Monument & Museum of September 11th

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9/11 Museum & Memorial launches 'Never Forget' fund

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is launching the "Never Forget" fundraiser to focus on teaching the history of the deadly day.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum

NEW YORK – Before the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum is launching an initiative and fundraiser to focus on teaching the history of the deadly day to a younger generation.

The Never Forget Fund aims to support educational programming for students, educators and others to understand more deeply the history of Sept. 11 and how it shaped the world.

The larger Never Forget initiative marks the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11 and will include a commemorative ticket for admission, said Alice Greenwald, the memorial and museum's president and CEO.

"This is a transitional moment," Greenwald told USA TODAY. For millions of Americans, Sept. 11 remains a vivid memory etched into their minds, but for a younger generation, "they don't have that memory. For them, it's history," she said.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed in a string of terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Two airplanes hijacked by terrorists tied to al-Qaeda flew into the World Trade Center in New York, collapsing the towers later in the day. Just outside Washington, another hijacked plane flew into the Pentagon. A fourth hijacked plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania as passengers and the crew attempted to retake the cockpit.

Ten years later, the memorial was dedicated on the site of the World Trade Center, with the museum opening to the public in May 2014.

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