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Director Petraeus Rings the NYSE Opening Bell To Commemorate the CIA's 65th Birthday

Director Petraeus Rings the NYSE Opening Bell To Commemorate the CIA’s 65th Birthday

September 19, 2012


On Tuesday, September 18, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director David H. Petraeus, accompanied by his wife Holly Petraeus, rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to commemorate the CIA’s 65th Anniversary.  Director Petraeus was joined at the ceremony by the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department Raymond Kelly, the Commissioner of the New York City Fire Department Salvatore Cassano, and NYSE Euronext CEO Duncan Niederauer.

In remarks made at a reception before ringing the bell, Director Petraeus said, “It is a true privilege to be here to ring the opening bell on behalf of the outstanding men and women with whom I am privileged to serve at the Central Intelligence Agency, on this, the 65th birthday of the CIA.”

Director Petraeus praised the New York City Police and Fire Departments and extolled the NYSE, which he pointed out has “long been a symbol of America’s financial might, competitive drive, and entrepreneurial spirit.”  Director Petraeus added that the NYSE’s reopening less than a week after 9/11 demonstrated “that terrorist attacks would not hold us back or break our spirit.”

Sixty-five years ago, on September 18, the National Security Act of 1947 took effect, establishing both the National Security Council and the CIA, which replaced the National Intelligence Authority and Central Intelligence Group.  For more information on the founding of the CIA please visit the History of the CIA page on

You can view the video from the bell-ringing ceremony on YouTube.  Photos from the event can be found on the CIA Flickr page. [external link disclaimer]

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Posted: Sep 19, 2012 01:47 PM
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