Laychak Speaks at Sept. 11 Memorial Museum Dedication

Posted: May 16, 2014 at 5:03 am, Last Updated: May 15, 2014 at 4:39 pm

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On Sept. 11, 2001, we all felt a sense of loss. But some, such as George Mason University alumnus Jim Laychak, experienced an even greater loss. His brother, David, a civilian working for the Army, died in the attack on the Pentagon.

Laychak, now the associate vice president of University Advancement and Alumni Relations at George Mason, pledged to make something positive come out of that catastrophe. He spent the next several years leading the Pentagon Memorial Fund, the fundraising arm for the Arlington site honoring the 184 lives that were lost when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. The Pentagon Memorial Park was dedicated on Sept. 11, 2008.

On Thursday, Laychak was in New York City to speak at the dedication ceremony of the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero, alongside President Obama, New York governor Andrew Cuomo and other 9/11 families.

In his remarks, Laychak said: “My hope now is to create an educational center at the Pentagon Memorial where schoolchildren can come and spend some time getting to know their country’s story and the very real people who lived it.”

The museum, which spans seven stories and contains artifacts from the attack on the World Trade Center Towers, will open to the public on May 21.

Write to Colleen Kearney Rich at ckearney@gmu.edu

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