Our immediate goal is to raise $430,000 to help with the construction of USMC Matais Ferreira’s home in Long Island New York. In conjunction with Homes for Our Troops we will work diligently to provide a mortgage free home for a man that gave his legs for our country and is the epitome of “Steel Standing”. A percentage of funds raised will be utilized to expand the foundation’s awareness and distribute its iconic image as a symbol of HOPE.


The ten virtues of Steel Standing are synonymous with the heart and soul of the Steel Standing Memorial Foundation. They are Courage, Strength, Resilience, Rebirth, Fortitude, Perseverance, Determination, Endurance, Valor, and Providence.

By supporting and donating to the Steel Standing Memorial Foundation, you’ll help to better ensure, that your children, and countless future generations, inherit an America, and a World that will be STEEL STANDING!!

Mission Statement

“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. The Steel Standing Memorial Foundation has two main objectives: first to help local communities for the betterment of America, and its’ citizens, and second, and equally important, to globally assist those in desperate need who have been impacted by natural disaster, war, famine, and 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