Soon after the attacks, efforts were made throughout the United States and across the world to memorialize the victims, offer expressions of solidarity and tribute, and document the impact of this historic event. The communal gathering and shared commitment of people were central to each of these efforts, whether collective tribute projects, or personal connections.
After 9/11, the Good Dog Foundation worked with families of those who had been killed and with members of other impacted communities at the Pier 94 Family Assistance Center.
New York University’s Child Study Center embarked on an ambitious project to study children's artwork triggered by the events of 9/11. The responses were culminated in a book, The Day Our World Changed: Children's Art of 9/11
A Cincinnati-based flight attendant donated the Dear Hero Collection, which was comprised of the correspondence from young people around the nation and the world to the rescue and recovery workers following 9/11, to the museum.
In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, American citizens were vehement in procuring and displaying flags and related patriotic merchandise from local retailers.
The Friendship Quilt features 1,000 cranes, which are significant because of their popular association with healing properties in Asia, appliquéd onto fabric squares and along its border.
The Flag of Remembrance was inspired by the proliferation of missing persons posters around New York City. It incorporates the faces of the victims into a graphic memorial.
A New York resident conceived a September 11 Quilts Memorial that would bring together the work of artists from around the world. She hoped that the quilts would enable viewers to persevere in the wake of their shock and sorrow, and develop a renewed appreciation of life.
Hundreds of participants across the country contributed time and talent to the realization of the nine themed quilts forming this memorial quilt project.
After 9/11, members of the International French Beaded Flower Group (an online group with international participation) collected individually-made flowers and assembled glass-beaded floral memorial wreaths.
A couple made thousands of "Freedom Quilts" for the families who had lost loved ones on 9/11.
Elementary school children in South Carolina painted this colorful banner on a cloth to comfort New Yorkers in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
United Airlines flight attendants created memorial quilts for the families of each of the nine airline professionals killed aboard Flight 175 when it was hijacked and flown into the South Tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Longtime LIFE photographer and critically acclaimed photojournalist Joe McNally captured the impact of September 11, 2001 through a super-sized Polaroid camera. Listen as he describes the experience of photographing the experience.