This is our cause, this is our calling.

The following 9 Principles are key virtues that are synonymous with, the essence and soul of Steel Standing: COURAGE, STRENGTH, RESILIENCE, REBIRTH, FORTITUDE, PERSEVERANCE, DETERMINATION, ENDURANCE, and VALOR. Steel Standing’s spirit, and profoundly articulated universal message which honors the spirit of courage, strength, resilience and rebirth inspires people from all walks of life to possess and develop the character to move forward, and forge ahead even when confronted with unfavorable circumstances. This narrative resides at the heart, and soul, of what defines Steel Standings core meaning.

Our foundations mission in partnership with Homes for Our Troops is to provide custom built homes for severely wounded veterans. A percentage of funds will be used to build statues of our iconic image and place them in airports, train stations and government buildings as a symbol of hope.

“STEEL STANDING” is a compelling, artistic photograph that majestically portrays the steel ruin of the South Tower after the unimaginable act of terrorism on September 11, 2001.  Next year is the 15th anniversary of 9/11, and in its honor, we created the Steel Standing Memorial Foundation.  The foundation has two main objectives: first, to help local communities for the betterment of the people, and second, and equally important, to help those in desperate need who have been impacted by natural disaster, war, or disease. Our mission is clear: to utilize the “STEEL STANDING” image, to HONOR THE SPIRIT OF COURAGE, STRENGTH, RESILIENCE AND REBIRTH to inspire all people to never give up hope.“STEEL STANDING” is far more than an iconic black and white photograph.  It is a powerful symbol of perseverance and fortitude. It profoundly depicts that which refused to fall. It literally identified itself by virtue of what it was, a huge monument of STEEL that was STANDING.

This unique and original symbol was forged by the thousands of people whose lives were taken on that fateful September morning.  It is a symbolic portrait of their souls that serves as a transcending message, and an inspirational, authentic visual memorial.  It communicates that no matter how impossible or difficult your situation may seem, if you courageously confront it with unwavering strength of character and fortitude, you can ultimately overcome all of your fears and challenges in life, including death.  Yes, their souls and spirits are, and will forever be, STEEL STANDING.

God Bless,
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Anthony Whitaker
Steel Standing Memorial Foundation