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Remembering Red Cross Volunteer Who Witnessed History at Ground Zero

Rolla "Bud" Crick's ground zero access badge. Gift of Rolla Bud Crick. Rolla "Bud" Crick's ground zero access badge. Gift of Rolla Bud Crick.

Before his death, Rolla “Bud” Crick, who as journalist reported on some of history’s most significant moments, donated to the 9/11 Memorial Museum the badge he used to access ground zero for what may be considered one of his most meaningful assignments.  Read more »

Upcoming Programs Discuss Confronting Religious Violence, Conflicts in Middle East

 Ambassador Frederic C Hof, the former Special Adviser for Transition in Syria at the State Department, speaks during a February program, "The Fight Against ISIS." Ambassador Frederic C Hof, the former Special Adviser for Transition in Syria at the State Department, speaks during a February program, "The Fight Against ISIS."

The 9/11 Memorial Museum presents two public programs this month, hosting the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Afghanistan, and Iraq, and former chief rabbi of the UK and Commonwealth.  Read more »

Friendship, Loyalty and Love at Ground Zero

Members of the FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums on the 9/11 Memorial on September 11, 2011. Photo by Jin Lee. Members of the FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums on the 9/11 Memorial on September 11, 2011. Photo by Jin Lee.

Approximately 200 Claddagh rings were reclaimed from ground zero after 9/11.  Read more »

9/11 Responder’s Art Depicts the ‘Ability to Carry On'

Matthew Tyree, 9/11 responder and artist. Photo by Mia Summerson, Night and Day Editor, Niagara Gazette and Lockport Union-Sun and Journal. Matthew Tyree, 9/11 responder and artist. Photo by Mia Summerson, Night and Day Editor, Niagara Gazette and Lockport Union-Sun and Journal.

9/11 responder creates artwork in response to the attacks.  Read more »

US Navy Ceremonial Guard Presents Flag to 9/11 Memorial

Members of the United States Navy Ceremonial Guard fold an American flag during a ceremony on the 9/11 Memorial. Photo by Jin Lee. Members of the United States Navy Ceremonial Guard fold an American flag during a ceremony on the 9/11 Memorial. Photo by Jin Lee.

The United States Navy Ceremonial Guard on Tuesday presented a symbolic flag to the 9/11 Memorial on Tuesday.  Read more »

The Lens: Capturing Life and Events at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Participants in the New York City Firefighter Stair Climb pause for a moment of silence on the 9/11 Memorial. Photo by Angela Sheridan. Participants in the New York City Firefighter Stair Climb pause for a moment of silence on the 9/11 Memorial. Photo by Angela Sheridan.

The Lens: Capturing Life and Events at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.  Read more »

A Day in the Life of an Explosives Detection Dog

Eisner, an explosives detecting canine, and his handler Thomas Brown at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Photo by Jin Lee. Eisner, an explosives detecting canine, and his handler Thomas Brown at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Photo by Jin Lee.

A day in the life of an explosives-detecting canine named of Eisner.  Read more »

Children’s 9/11 Tributes on Display at Flight 93 Memorial

The Learning Center is a multipurpose building, where the exhibit “Through Their Eyes” is on display. Photo courtesy of NPS/Brenda Schwartz. The Learning Center is a multipurpose building, where the exhibit “Through Their Eyes” is on display. Photo courtesy of NPS/Brenda Schwartz.

Kids’ drawings, stuffed toys and other 9/11 tributes by children are on display at the Flight 93 memorial in Pennsylvania.  Read more »

Recovered $2 Bill Symbol of Marriage

Recovered $2 bill belonging to Robert Gschaar. Gift of Myrta Gschaar in honor of her beloved husband Robert J. Gschaar. Recovered $2 bill belonging to Robert Gschaar. Gift of Myrta Gschaar in honor of her beloved husband Robert J. Gschaar.

When Robert Gschaar proposed to his wife Myrta, he gave her a $2 bill to symbolize a second chance at love. The $2 bill he kept in his wallet was recovered at ground zero, and is now on view at the 9/11 Memorial Museum.  Read more »

Museum Installation Featured Clue on Jeopardy!

Mounted in 2014, Trying to Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning is an installation by American artist Spencer Finch. The blue-tiled artwork surrounds a quote from Virgil’s Aeneid, created out of recovered World Trade Center steel by the artist Tom Joyce. Mounted in 2014, Trying to Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning is an installation by American artist Spencer Finch. The blue-tiled artwork surrounds a quote from Virgil’s Aeneid, created out of recovered World Trade Center steel by the artist Tom Joyce.

The 9/11 Memorial and Museum was a featured as a clue during an episode of Jeopardy!  Read more »