Memorial Museum to Accept Crystals from 2001-2002 Times Square Ball Honoring 9/11 Victims, Heroes

Memorial Museum to Accept Crystals from 2001-2002 Times Square Ball Honoring 9/11 Victims, Heroes

9/11 Memorial Museum director Alice Greenwald discusses tribute items like the "Hope for Healing" Waterford crystals that will become part of the museum's collection. (Photo by Michael Frazier)

Waterford and the National September 11 Memorial  & Museum officials joined in Times Square today to announce that the museum will be accepting  a collection of 195 “Hope for Healing” Waterford crystal triangles from the Times Square Ball, which commemorate the lives lost on September 11, 2001.

“The breadth of tribute items created in response to 9/11 truly displays the commitment of people across the country and around the world, who came together in solidarity to honor and remember those who died,” said Alice Greenwald, executive vice president and 9/11 Memorial Museum director. “Few occasions are quite as recognizable to the world over as the drop of the New Year’s Eve Ball, which took on a special significance of symbolizing not only a new year, but renewed hope, in the months following September 2001.”

Crafted by Waterford for the 2001-2002 Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball, the “Hope for Healing” design consists of three lit candles surrounded by outspread hands in a gesture of healing.  In 2001, 195 of the 504 crystal triangles on the Ball were specially engraved by Waterford artisans with the names of the countries and regions that lost citizens, the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, the four airline flights and the names of uniformed rescue organizations that lost members in the 9/11 tragedy.

The crystals will become part of the museum’s permanent collection to help the national institution in its twin mission to educate and preserve the true history of 9/11 and tell the stories of the unprecedented global response that emerged in the wake of the attacks.

Read more about this joint announcement here.

By 9/11 Memorial Staff