President Obama Features Welles During 9/11 Museum Opening

As reported in today’s NY Times, in his dedication remarks, President Barack Obama “singled out the heroism of a young man with a red bandanna who helped save people in the south tower before it collapsed. His identity was long unknown until months later when his mother read an article about the mysterious savior with the red bandanna and recognized him. He was Welles Crowther”

“He had a big laugh and a joy of life and dreams of seeing the world,” Mr. Obama said. “He worked in finance, but he had also been a volunteer firefighter. And after the planes hit, he put on that bandanna and spent his final moments saving others.”.

After his speech, Welles’ mom Alison and Ling Young (a survivor who identified Welles as her savior) walked onto the stage and spoke.