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The National September 11 Memorial & Museum Receives $5 Million from New York Life

Donation supports the 9/11 Memorial Museum's Planned Education Center

NEW YORK, N.Y., February 19, 2013 – The National September 11 Memorial & Museum announced today a $5 million donation from New York Life to support the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s planned Education Center.

"We are deeply grateful to New York Life for its generosity and support of our twin missions to commemorate those lost on 9/11 and educate future generations," 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels said. "There are already children too young to remember the compassion and public service that followed the attacks and the 9/11 Memorial Museum and its Education Center will be the global focal point for preserving this history."

Ted Mathas, chairman and CEO of New York Life, said, "On behalf of the entire New York Life family, we are proud to contribute to the Education Center for the 9/11 Memorial Museum, a national institution that symbolizes remembrance and renewal. The Education Center will honor the nearly 3,000 victims who perished in the attacks by providing programs and tools to educate future generations. We felt especially compelled to support the Education Center because its mission aligns with the New York Life Foundation's focus on young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement opportunities and childhood bereavement."

The 9/11 Memorial Museum’s Education Center, supported by New York Life, is comprised of four classrooms, an orientation lobby and screening room, which will be adjacent to the exhibition spaces of the Museum. The Education Center will be used for teacher training, seminars, orientations and post-visit discussions with school groups, and other activities. Databases, archives and digital exhibitions also will be available.

The 9/11 Memorial is located at the World Trade Center site and honors the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993, and all those who risked their lives to save others. The 9/11 Memorial Museum will tell the story of the events of 9/11 and exhibitions will include multimedia displays, first-person accounts, and authentic artifacts ranging in scale from the personal to the monumental.

New York Life has previously demonstrated its commitment to rebuilding after 9/11: Immediately after the 9/11 attacks, New York Life contributed $3 million to The September 11 Fund, created to support the victims in Manhattan and administered by The New York Community Trust and the United Way of New York City. New York Life also matched its agents’ and employees’ contributions to the American Red Cross for relief efforts to all sites of the attacks. The company now joins corporations and individuals from across the United States and around the world in supporting the 9/11 Memorial.

About the National September 11 Memorial & Museum

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is the not-for-profit corporation created to oversee the design, fundraising, programming, and operations of the Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center. The Memorial and Museum are located on eight of the 16 acres of the World Trade Center site. The Memorial was dedicated on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and is now open to the public.

The Memorial remembers and honors the 2,983 people who were killed in the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. The design, created by Michael Arad and Peter Walker, consists of two reflecting pools formed in the footprints of the original Twin Towers and a plaza of trees.

The Museum will display monumental artifacts linked to the events of 9/11, while presenting intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning, and recovery that are central to telling the story of the 2001 and 1993 attacks and the aftermath. It will communicate key messages that embrace both the specificity and the universal implications of the events of 9/11; document the impact of those events on individual lives, as well as on local, national, and international communities; and explore the continuing significance of these events for our global community.

For more information, to donate or to reserve a free visitor pass to the Memorial, go to http://www.911memorial.org.

New York Life Insurance Company, a Fortune 100 company founded in 1845, is the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States* and one of the largest life insurers in the world. New York Life has the highest possible financial strength ratings currently awarded to any life insurer from all four of the major credit rating agencies: A.M. Best (A++), Fitch (AAA), Moody’s Investors Service (Aaa), Standard & Poor’s (AA+).** Headquartered in New York City, New York Life's family of companies offers life insurance, retirement income, investments and long-term care insurance. New York Life Investments*** provides institutional asset management and retirement plan services. Other New York Life affiliates provide an array of securities products and services, as well as retail mutual funds. Please visit New York Life's Web site at www.newyorklife.com for more information.

*Based on revenue as reported by "Fortune 500 ranked within Industries, Insurance: Life, Health (Mutual)," Fortune magazine, May 21, 2012. See http://www.money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune500/2012/faq/ for methodology.

**Source: Third Party Ratings Reports as of 2/1/13.

***New York Life Investments is a service mark used by New York Life Investment Management Holdings LLC and its subsidiary, New York Life Investment Management LLC.

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