TODAY's Takeaway: September 11 Museum opens; Tara the hero cat wins hearts
1. To mark the official opening of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum Thursday, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani joined Matt to talk about his experience seeing the project completed.
“It was very, very profound, very emotional — much more than I thought,” he said.
Rudy Giuliani: 9/11 museum 'profound, emotional'Play Video
Ultimate brunch classics with a twist
'Nerd prom' recap: Cecily Strong hosts the Correspondent's Dinner
Nik Wallenda prepares to walk the Orlando Eye
It's National Pretzel Day, of course!
2. Turns out the hero cat who stole hearts by saving a boy from a dog attack in a now-viral video is actually very mellow.
"I think that dog did not know what hit him,” the boy’s (and cat’s) parents told TODAY.
Hero cat's family tells how she took on dogPlay Video
7-week-old puppy rescued from pipe
Awwww! Baby horse cuddles with woman in viral clip
Poor pooch! Dog gets botched 'lion cut' from groomer
Baby giraffe stands for the first time, live on webcam
3. The parents of some super-smart children explained how they sent seven of their kids to college by age 12.
"We didn't have this great plan,'' mom Mona Lisa Harding told Matt Lauer. “It just kind of happened.”
Family sends their 7 kids to college by age 12Play Video
Teens spending heavily for perfect prom night
Tips on how to save at prom
KLG, Hoda: Boo to parents who demand specific gifts
Study: Many foods advertised to kids don't meet guidelines
4. It’s Throwback Thursday! Or, as Matt explained, it's “Humiliate the Hosts Day!”
The anchors offered a blast from the past, showing off their graduation pictures. TODAY fans joined in on Twitter and Facebook with #CapAndGown.
Matt, Al, Natalie reveal graduation photosPlay Video
Social media reacts to Bruce Jenner's transition
Viewers try to predict royal baby's name, gender
Obama welcomes NFL champs with 'DeflateGate' joke
TODAY celebrates Take Daughters and Sons to Work Day
5. Maria Shriver introduced TODAY viewers to a sweet Texas couple who both have Down syndrome and have been best friends since childhood — now they are beating the odds and getting married.
“I want to marry her because I love her. She's my very own best friend,” Austin Underwood told Shriver.
Down syndrome couple find love against all oddsPlay Video
Help! I have feelings for two people at the same time
Expert: IKEA is your relationship's worst nightmare
Juicy love letters reignite woman's love life with husband
Author of 'Spinster' talks about single women
And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!