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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Rescue & Recovery at 20: Bob Schnelle & Atlas, NYPD

May 20, 2022

The German Shepherd Atlas was among hundreds of 9/11 canine heroes. Here, as we prepare to mark the 20th anniversary of the formal end to rescue and recovery efforts, his handler Robert (Bob) Schnelle, NYPD, answers a Q&A about his time at Ground Zero.  

Ukraine Close to Our Hearts on International Museum Day

May 19, 2022

We marked International Museum Day with a special Survivor Tree lighting ceremony in support of our museum colleagues and the people of Ukraine. 

Rescue & Recovery at 20: Rafe Greco, Laborers' International Union

May 16, 2022

Sculptor, welder, and metalworker Rafe Greco - who met his wife Bianca while working at Ground Zero with the Laborers' International Union of North America, Local 79 - recalls his experience as a rescue and recovery worker after 9/11. 

Rescue & Recovery at 20: Charlie Kaczorowski, Department of Design & Construction

May 13, 2022

Charlie Kaczorowski was with the Department of Design & Construction on September 11; he spent months at Ground Zero helping with rescue and recovery efforts. Kaczorowski died this March. Today we honor his sacrifice with a special blog post culled from past Museum interviews. 

Rescue & Recovery at 20: Dennis Diggins, DSNY

May 9, 2022

Dennis Diggins, who served as Deputy Director at Fresh Kills for the Department of Sanitation during the rescue and recovery efforts, answers some questions about his experience in the periods both immediately and long after September 11. 

Teacher Appreciation Week: Ada Dolch

May 6, 2022

Ada Dolch was a New York City educator who helped get her students and fellow staff to safety on the morning of September 11. She lost her sister, Wendy, in the attacks. This Teacher Appreciation Week, we are proud to share Dolch's story. 

Rescue & Recovery at 20: Philip Rizzo, DOC

May 5, 2022

With the 20th anniversary of the formal end of rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero approaching, we're highlighting the stories of those most directly involved and impacted. Here, to mark National Correctional Officers Week, NYC DOC officer Philip Rizzo answers a Q&A. 

The 2022 5K in Photos

April 25, 2022

Thank you to everyone who ran, walked, fundraised, and volunteered at our 2022 5K. This year's event was a huge success and a wonderful show of community — your efforts help ensure the Memorial & Museum remains a sacred place of remembrance, reflection, and learning.

Earth Day: Survivor Tree Seedlings Thrive at an NYC High School

April 22, 2022

Earth Day inspires us to make the planet a better place. Read about the ways one high school in Queens is doing just that by caring for Survivor Tree seedlings and in turn helping us carry out our mission. 

National Volunteer Week: Where WE Volunteer, With Ron Kirk

April 21, 2022

Where do members of our staff volunteer? What causes are near and dear to our hearts? We asked colleagues to tell us about the special work they do outside of the Memorial & Museum. Today we're featuring Ron Kirk, Vice President/Controller, Finance, and the LEAGUE FOUNDATION.