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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Newest Class of FDNY EMTs Pays Tribute to 9/11

July 30, 2021

On July 16, the latest class of New York City Fire Department (FDNY) Probationary Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Memorial to honor the individuals killed on 9/11 and who died as a result of related health issues, including members of their own families. 

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The Power of Art & Writing to Honor and Remember: 9/11 20 Years Later

July 29, 2021

Amanda Davis, author-illustrator and art instructor, reflects on the 20th anniversary of the attacks and her efforts to make the story of the National 9/11 Flag accessible to young people through her illustrated book 30,000 Stitches, available for purchase in the Museum gift shop. 30,000 Stitches captures the sorrow, suffering, sacrifice, and love that went into the healing of the flag, and in turn helped heal everyone involved. 

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Introducing a New Way to Never Forget

July 28, 2021

In this milestone year, we're launching a new awareness and fundraising campaign to support our educational programs and our mission to fulfill the collective promise never to forget. The campaign includes the launch of a limited edition keepsake Never Forget Ticket and a special focus on teaching a new generation the lessons we learned on 9/11 and the days that followed. 

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Community Evening Visit for DOC First Responders and Recovery Workers

July 26, 2021

On July 19, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum hosted members of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, Correction Captains’ Association, and Assistant Deputy Wardens and Deputy Wardens Association – along with their families – for a special Community Evenings visit highlighting the DOC’s contributions during and after the attacks.

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With Guidance From Our Team, the Pulse Night Club is Now a National Memorial

July 15, 2021

The White House has designated the site of the Pulse Nightclub a national memorial, after the club's owner sought insight and support from our team following the June 2016 attack. 

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July 4 at the 9/11 Memorial

July 1, 2021

Our annual July 4 tradition continues Sunday, when volunteers will place 2,983 American flags in the engraved names on the 9/11 Memorial, in honor of those killed on September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993.

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Visionary Network Launches Community Memorial Beautification Initiative

June 28, 2021

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum Visionary Network has launched an initiative aimed at restoring and cleaning local memorials across the country. Volunteers are already hard at work, planting commemorative trees and connecting with their communities ahead of the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.    

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Recap: “20 Years Since 9/11: Confronting the Challenges of Recovery”

June 3, 2021

In conversation with Clifford Chanin, executive vice president and deputy director for museum programs, the program participants shared their personal recollections of 9/11 and its aftermath and discussed the devastating health issues affecting the rescue and recovery community nearly 20 years after the attacks.

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9/11 Memorial Marks the 19th Anniversary of the End of the Rescue and Recovery Effort

June 1, 2021

On Sunday, May 30, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum observed an intimate commemorative moment to mark the 19th anniversary of the end of the nine-month rescue, recovery, and relief effort at the World Trade Center site and the two-year anniversary of the 9/11 Memorial Glade dedication.

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Exploring the Markings on the Last Column

May 26, 2021

Recovery workers, as well as relatives and friends of victims, affixed mementos and wrote inscriptions on the last column to be cut from the World Trade Center site, filling its surfaces to honor those lost. Now standing in Foundation Hall, the column still bears the markings and memorial tributes. In advance of the 19th anniversary of the end of the rescue and recovery effort, we highlight a few of these markings and tributes and their significance.

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