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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The 2023 5K: Why I Run, With John Quinn

March 20, 2023

With just over a month to go before the 11th annual 9/11 Memorial & Museum 5K, presented by RXR on April 30, John Quinn remembers his friend Joyce Capeneto, in whose memory he has participated for the past six years. 

The Call to Serve, a Generation Apart

February 28, 2023

Paddy McGee, an NYPD officer who appears in our 2023 Anniversary Digital Learning Experience, was inspired to enter public service when, as a child, he watched emergency workers responding to an incident in his Queens neighborhood. He went on to become a heroic first responder on 9/11 and the father of a newly minted Port Authority Police Officer as well. 

Rescue & Recovery: In Their Own Voices With Nancy Seliga

February 24, 2023

Nancy Seliga  worked for the Port Authority for nearly four decades, surviving both the 1993 bombing and the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. In this installment of our Rescue & Recovery: In Their Own Voices series, Nancy looks back on these horrific moments in history and shares her perspectives on their aftermath. 

30 Years Later: Alan Reiss Reflects on the 1993 WTC Bombing

February 20, 2023

Alan Reiss, who has served for two decades as liaison between the Port Authority and the developer of the World Trade Center site, recounts his experience on February 26, 1993 and shares his thoughts on the long-term impact of the day.

A Look Back at 2022 With Elizabeth L. Hillman

January 20, 2023

Our new President and CEO looks back on the highlights of 2022 with a hopeful eye on the coming year. 

Rescue & Recovery: In Their Own Voices With Father Brian Jordan

December 23, 2022

In the latest installment of our "In Their Own Voices" series, Franciscan priest Father Brian Jordan recounts the time he spent ministering to rescue and recovery workers at Ground Zero and delivering Sunday Mass at the base of the now iconic World Trade Center Cross. 

Tall Order: Accessories With a Cause

December 21, 2022

The legacy of Andrew Friedman, who was killed on 9/11 just two weeks after staring a job at the World Trade Center, lives on in the accessory company his twin sons founded after his death. 

Rescue & Recovery: In Their Own Voices With Bryan Stern

December 2, 2022

We're closing out Salute to Service with one more installment of our "In Their Own Voices" series. Here, Bryan Stern — a veteran and rescue and recovery worker — answers questions about his time in the military, his role in the clean-up at Ground Zero, and Project Dynamo, the organization he founded to help evacuate Afghan and now Ukrainian refugees.

Visionaries in Service: Phil Caruso

November 29, 2022

As National Veterans and Military Families Month winds down, we share another installment of our Visionaries in Service series. Here, Air Force veteran Phil Caruso, who retired as a Major with two Bronze Stars and now serves as Chairman and Executive Director of No One Left Behind, answers questions about giving back through public service.

New Book Recounts Planning of U.S. Response to Attacks, and Unexpected Impact

November 28, 2022

Alan Mack was the first pilot to fly into Afghanistan as the U.S. launched its military response to the 9/11 attacks. His new book recounts his experience in the planning and implementation of that response — and the impact it had on his family.