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It's Much More Than Just Reading Names

Oral history recordings are usually long, detailed accounts. Lately, the sessions have resulted in only a few words – three or four words to be exact.That’s because a team of oral historians  Read more »

Confronting Extreme Propaganda

On April 28, come listen to Maajid Nawaz, an ex-member of an Islamist extremist group, detail his personal experience with the radicalization process, and explain how important it is for free societies to challenge erroneous narratives.RSVP>> now for this free event that's part of the "9/11, Today and Tomorrow" speakers series at the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site, 20 Vesey St.  Read more »

Matters of the H.E.A.R.T., a Return to Haiti

A 9/11 nonprofit relief group is returning to Haiti.In a few days,  H.E.A.R.T. 9/11 will travel back to the island to finish "50 homes in five days," said Bill Keegan, the president of H.E.A.R.T. 9/11, the disaster relief group. He told The MEMO that a team will complete a "pod of 400 homes" for a large amputee population. The team will leave for Haiti on Sunday, returning April 9, Keegan said.   Read more »

The Lens: Viewing the 9/11 Memorial

Staff photographer Amy Dreher snaps a lot of pictures at the World Trade Center site, documenting the construction progress of the 9/11 Memorial. Amy also trains her lens on the smaller pieces that may be overlooked with a project of this magnitude. Through “The Lens: Viewing the 9/11 Memorial,” readers of The MEMO blog can share some of the unique vantage points captured by Amy.Plantings:  Read more »

A View of the 9/11 Memorial at WTC

In 170 days, the 9/11 Memorial opens to Sept. 11 victims' families on the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Photographer Joe Woolhead has snapped hundreds of pictures of the reconstruction at the World Trade Center site over the years.Here's a picture he took this month, showing the two reflecting pools of the memorial that define the site.  Read more »

San Fran Firefighter Honors FDNY Brothers

San Francisco firefighter Greg Collaco is back to raise awareness for the America Lung Association. Each year, the association holds a “vertical road race” up 52 floors of San Francisco’s tallest “climbable” building.  This year, Collaco will captain the FNDY 343 Tribute team. Each member of the team will climb the skyscraper, wearing the name and photograph of one of the 343 firefighters who died on 9/11.  Read more »

Penny Goes a Long Way for Conn. Seventh Grader Raising Awareness, Funds (UPDATE)

“A penny saved is a penny earned.” Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote could not be more appropriate when it comes to 13-year-old Patrick Briscoe’s recent penny-fundraising campaign.A seventh-grade student of Newtown, Conn., Briscoe has taken it upon himself to raise money , one penny at a time, to purchase a cobblestone, which will form the pathways on the national 9/11 Memorial's plaza. "Forget Me Not Pennies 9/11 Memorial Fund name is based on the fact that if we all contribute pennies, they can be combined for a greater good," Briscoe said as   Read more »

9/11 Memorial's SOS Funding Effort Featured on Fox News (Update)

 Alan Yamamoto is the latest business owner to take part in the Signs of Support campaign. While the campaign began in New York City, it has expanded to businesses like Yamamoto's that is 3,000 miles away.Located near Seattle, Yamamoto manages No Bull Saloon  Read more »

NY Says thank you Documentary to Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival

 In 2003, Jeff Parness, inspired by the events of 9/11, decided to travel to San Diego by car and give back. Families affected by the wildfires in California were greeted by Parness' compassion in the form of goods and toys.This desire to serve and help others across the country is a response to the outpouring of support the country gave to New York City on 9/11. A native New Yorker, Parness was moved by the generous aid and decided to pay forward the 9/11 spirit of volunteerism. Parness founded The New York Says Thank You Foundation and hasn’t looked back since.  Read more »

Audio: Former NYC Commissioner Discusses Support Center for Families on 9/11

Listen to Rosemarie O’Keefe, former commissioner of community assistance for ex-New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, talk about the creation of the 9/11 Family Assistance Center, a place where victims’ family members could find information and support. O’Keefe describes the genesis of the Family Center and the spirit of compassion, respect, and warmth that prevailed there. Listen >>    Read more »