In the memory of Rick Rescorla
In the heart-wrenching events of September 11, 2001, amidst the chaos and destruction that befell the World Trade Center, a true hero emerged. His name was Rick Rescorla, and his selfless actions embody the very essence of courage and sacrifice.

Rick, a veteran platoon leader who had once served in Vietnam under the esteemed Hal Moore, found himself in the South Tower of the World Trade Center on that fateful day. As the towers shook and the flames raged, Rick fearlessly took charge, ensuring the safety of those around him.

Though he had every opportunity to save himself, Rick's concern for others surpassed any notion of personal safety. With unwavering determination, he guided and encouraged colleagues, employees, and visitors of Morgan Stanley bank, where he worked, to evacuate the building.

And then, when all seemed lost and darkness enveloped the tower, Rick did the unimaginable. He returned to the burning inferno, the perilous depths of the collapsing tower, driven by an indomitable spirit and an unyielding commitment to ensure that no one was left behind.

Tragically, Rick Rescorla's valiant efforts came at the cost of his own life. He became one of the countless souls lost on that fateful day, his body never to be found. But his bravery and sacrifice saved the lives of at least 2500 people, leaving an indelible mark on the pages of history.

In recognition of Rick Rescorla's extraordinary heroism, President Donald Trump posthumously awarded him the Presidential Citizens Medal on September 11, 2019. However, we believe that such an extraordinary individual deserves an even greater tribute.

Today, on the eve of September 11, 2023, we extend an open and everlasting proposal to all New Yorkers and Americans alike. Let us come together to name a building, street, highway, or square after Rick Rescorla—a name that shall forever resonate with courage, selflessness, and unwavering dedication.

By immortalizing Rick's name in the very fabric of our cities, we honor not only his memory but also the memory of all those who perished on that day. We pay homage to the countless acts of bravery and resilience displayed by ordinary people caught in extraordinary circumstances.

Let future generations be reminded of the true meaning of heroism, inspired by the story of Rick Rescorla. May they draw strength from his example, forging a brighter future built upon the foundations of selfless sacrifice, compassion, and unity.

Together, let us ensure that Rick Rescorla's legacy lives on, forever etched into the tapestry of human history.