First Lady Melania Trump visited the New York Stock Exchange to participate in the old tradition of ringing the Opening Bell to celebrate children’s well-being, a cornerstone of her Be Best campaign.
NYSE President Stacey Cunningham welcomed the first lady upon her arrival and was given a short tour of the historic building, including a stop at the Buttonwood Agreement. Signed in 1792, this agreement is regarded as the foundation of what would eventually become the New York Stock Exchange.
In the Bond Room, which contains some of the country’s oldest government bonds, the first lady stopped to meet with other NYSE leadership and sign the guest book. Melania Trump also received a New York Stock Exchange ring, a personal present given to bell ringers and a bull sculpture, an iconic sign of the financial markets of New York.
Following the meeting, Melania Trump spoke in Siebert Hall with fourth-grade students from the United Nations International School—named after the NYSE’s first female member, Muriel Siebert. The students had the opportunity to learn more about the history of NYSE before meeting the first lady. The students presented a framed copy of the mission statement from the United Nations International School to Melania Trump. The first lady and the students rang the Opening Bell at 9:30 a.m., starting the trading session of the day.
“Today’s visit to the historic New York Stock Exchange was very special and it was made even more so by spirited students from the United Nations International School. Today was about celebrating children and the message of BE BEST. The NYSE is a great example of the strength of our economic system, which allows programs to grow and to support children around the globe. I want to thank Stacey and the entire New York Stock Exchange for welcoming me today – it was an honor to ring the Opening Bell.”
The first lady shared photos and video of the visit on her fan page.