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FDNY Bids Farewell to Canine Companion

FDNY Dalmatian, Twenty, poses on Ladder 20. Photo courtesy of FDNY. FDNY Dalmatian, Twenty, poses on Ladder 20. Photo courtesy of FDNY.

FDNY announces the death of Twenty, a Dalmation that became a mascot to Ladder Co. 20 after 9/11.  Read more »

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

Visitors pass the 9/11 Memorial Museum pavilion. Photo by Jin Lee. Visitors pass the 9/11 Memorial Museum pavilion. Photo by Jin Lee.

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

A Look Back at 2015

Pope Francis views "Trying To Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning" by artist Spencer Finch. Photo by Jin Lee. Pope Francis views "Trying To Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning" by artist Spencer Finch. Photo by Jin Lee.

A look back at the past year for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.  Read more »

Educational Activity Stations at the 9/11 Memorial Museum

Education Center in the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Education Center in the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

The 9/11 Memorial hosts Activity Stations to effectively engage intergenerational audiences, including young visitors and their caretakers, with a program connected to artifacts and themes in the Museum.  Read more »

Unity at Ground Zero

Christmas tree, menorah and cross at ground zero, December 2001. Photo by Kerri Courtney Christmas tree, menorah and cross at ground zero, December 2001. Photo by Kerri Courtney

New Yorkers were united in many ways after Sept. 11, but the spirit of togetherness was especially strong during the holidays.  Read more »

9/11 Memorial Honors Fallen NYPD Detective Joseph Lemm

NYPD officers lay flowers on the 9/11 Memorial in tribute to NYPD Detective Joseph Lemm who was killed in Bagram, Afghanistan. NYPD officers lay flowers on the 9/11 Memorial in tribute to NYPD Detective Joseph Lemm who was killed in Bagram, Afghanistan.

A tribute was held at the 9/11 Memorial on Wednesday to honor slain New York City police detective Joseph Lemm.  Read more »

9/11 Artifacts Donated to New Homes

Crews load PATH train car No. 143 onto a flatbed trailer outside Hangar 17 at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Photo by Lenis Rodrigues. Crews load PATH train car No. 143 onto a flatbed trailer outside Hangar 17 at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Photo by Lenis Rodrigues.

A pair of 9/11 artifacts have been moved to a permanent home after being stored for more than a decade at an aircraft hangar.  Read more »

Philharmonic Conductor Kurt Masur, Who Led 9/11 Tribute, Dies at 88

Kurt Masur on Jan, 13th 2007 conducting San Francisco Symphony, Mendelssohn's "Scottish" Symphony. Wikipedia Commons.  Kurt Masur on Jan, 13th 2007 conducting San Francisco Symphony, Mendelssohn's "Scottish" Symphony. Wikipedia Commons.

Kurt Masur, who made his formal debut as the New York Philharmonic’s music director on Sept. 11, 1991, has died at age of 88.  Read more »

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

A small holiday tribute left on the 9/11 Memorial. Photo by Jin Lee. A small holiday tribute left on the 9/11 Memorial. Photo by Jin Lee.

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

Congress Extends Health Benefits for 9/11 Responders

Visitors tie blue ribbons around the Last Column during a ceremony on May 30, 2015, marking the anniversary of the formal end to the rescue and recovery efforts at ground zero. Visitors tie blue ribbons around the Last Column during a ceremony on May 30, 2015, marking the anniversary of the formal end to the rescue and recovery efforts at ground zero.

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act passed both the House and Senate on Friday, renewing federal coverage for rescue and recovery workers who became sick after working at ground zero.  Read more »