The MEMO Blog

The official blog of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum features stories of commemoration and memorialization, and information on our public programs, special events, and ways to get involved.

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Preschoolers on 9/11, Now Guides, Reflect on Meaning of "Never Forget"

August 11, 2022

Just four years old on September 11th, Kerry Pfaff and Ella Hester are now interpretive guides at the Memorial & Museum. Ahead of the 21st anniversary, they spoke to each other about what "Never Forget" means to them.

Rookie and Teddy: The Furry Staff Members Keeping This Site Safe

August 8, 2022

Visitors to the Memorial & Museum are in good "paws" with K9 team members like Rookie and Teddy on the job. 

Visionary Ashley Nicolas Hosts Special Tour for Southern District Interns

August 4, 2022

Ashley Nicolas, a Visionary who works as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, hosted a special tour for summer interns in her office to underscore the dedication that goes into a career in public service. 

Alice M. Greenwald Statement on the Killing of Ayman Al-Zawahiri

August 1, 2022

A statement from Alice M. Greenwald, President and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, on the killing of top al Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri. 

Rescue & Recovery: In Their Own Voices with Gary Smiley

August 1, 2022

Our new blog series "In Their Own Voices" is an expansion of the Q&As we published in May to mark the 20th anniversary of the formal end to rescue and recovery operations at Ground Zero. This series continues to highlight the diversity and previously unimaginable undertaking of the rescue and recovery community. August's installment features Gary Smiley, an FDNY paramedic. 

Disability Pride Month: Two-Time Survivor John Abruzzo

July 31, 2022

Winding down Disability Pride Month, we're sharing the story of Port Authority associate accountant John Abruzzo, who, on 9/11, brought his newly customized power wheelchair to work on the North Tower's 69th floor. But it was a much simpler device - and loyal co-workers - that would ultimately save his life that day.

New on View: Zoe and Dana Falkenberg's Dapper Stuffed Animals

July 25, 2022

A stuffed bear and two dinosaurs that belonged to Zoe and Dana Falkenberg, who were killed on Flight 77 with their parents as they began a family adventure, are among items newly on display at the Museum. The toys powerfully encapsulate the tragedy of 9/11. 

The Visionary Memorial Beautification Initiative

July 21, 2022

With the 21st anniversary commemoration approaching, find out what you can do to help restore a 9/11 memorial in your area through the Visionary Network's Memorial Beautification Initiative. 

Ephemera: Premiere of Oliver Stone's World Trade Center

July 14, 2022

Prolific ephemera collector Michael Ragsdale shares an autographed press release about the 2006 premiere of Oliver Stone's World Trade Center film.

Samuel Kaplan: The Path from Ukraine to Requiem

July 12, 2022

Samuel Kaplan's Requiem captures the sad but hopeful spirit of post-9/11 New York. Today, the artist - who died last May - remains an icon of resilience, shaped by a life journey that took him from a childhood in Ukraine to the tragedy of the Holocaust and finally to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, on the morning of the attacks.