View of the Tribute in Light from the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Photo: Jin Lee
Six months after the Twin Towers fell, they returned in the form of two blue beams of light illuminating the Manhattan skyline. Since then, they have lit the sky annually as a Sept. 11 commemoration known as Tribute in Light.Read more
Hero Highway Supporters at Point Thank You. Photo courtesy of Martha Cooper.
“Every night we would drive up West Street . . . there were people in the streets with American flags, and signs, thanking us, waving to us, screaming at us. . . They had no idea what they meant to me.”Read more
Bandana that belonged to Welles Crowther, gift of the Alison and Jefferson Crowther Family. Photo by Matt Flynn.
“They didn’t know his name. They didn’t know where he came from. But they knew their lives had been saved by the man in the red bandana,” said President Barack Obama during the 9/11 Memorial Museum dedication ceremony on May 15, 2014.Read more
Survivor Richard Eichen and the stranger who drove him home on September 11, 2001. Photo courtesy of Richard Eichen.
Before survivors Richard Eichen and Lucy Gonzales evacuated from the 90th floor of the North Tower he told her, "Lucy, we’re not leaving anybody behind. We got to get out of here, we’re starting to burn."Read more
Lady Liberty outside of the Battalion 9 firehouse in September, 2001. Photographer unknown.
Lady Liberty was the 9/11 Memorial Museum's first large artifact. “It may have started out as a gesture to one firehouse, but it performed as a collective alter of grief and respect,” Chief Curator Jan Ramirez said. “It is the co-mingling of shock, pride and compassion all tied up in tributes to the most famous of New York City icons. There isn’t anything more symbolic of New York City than the Statue of Liberty.”Read more