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.

Long alt text: Dozens of square tiles that are varying shades of blue are seen up close in Memorial Hall.
Photo by Dan Winters

Latest Posts

Behind the Collection: Rehousing Diverse Artifacts at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum

May 14, 2020

Collections management staff at the 9/11 Memorial Museum reflect on some of the more challenging custom housing solutions they've produced for the Museum's vast collection.

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Musician Recalls Coordinating the Volunteer Effort at Ground Zero

May 13, 2020

"The thing that really broke my heart the most was seeing the physical guys on the site who did not have the supplies they needed to do their job."

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Member of Class of 2020 Born on 9/11 Reflects on the Power of Coming Together

May 12, 2020

The #classof2020 was born on and around 9/11, and we are the generation of kids—now adults—that knows what it means to live in a healing world and to help the world heal. We’re filled with hope and ready to play our part.  

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Behind the Lens: A Visit to the Foundry

May 8, 2020

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum's director of photography witnesses melting of World Trade Center steel at a Missouri foundry, which would later be reshaped and poured into the fissures on the 9/11 Memorial Glade’s monoliths.

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Learn With Us Online

May 7, 2020

Although the 9/11 Memorial & Museum is temporarily closed, we are committed to providing relevant and engaging learning opportunities for students, teachers, families, and the general public. We have moved several educational resources online to support you while at home.

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K-9 Courage Honors the Comfort and Companionship Provided by Canine Responders

May 6, 2020

Search and rescue dogs went beyond their specialized training to elevate the spirits of responders at Ground Zero. Recovery workers approached and embraced the search dogs, which were brightening the dark days on the pile. Workers seeking a break hugged, petted, gave treats to, and played with the dogs.

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Food for the Soul: The Restaurants of Ground Zero

May 5, 2020

In the days following 9/11, chefs, charitable organizations, and volunteers with a zest for cooking answered the call to help their fellow New Yorkers, joining together as a community to share food for both body and soul.

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Former NGA Director Describes Role of Intelligence Community in Hunt for Bin Laden

May 4, 2020

During the program, Cardillo described his time in the Obama administration in the weeks leading to Operation Neptune Spear. He offered several observations about leadership and collaboration in the government that were shaped by the team’s experience of 9/11.

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Brooklyn Yard Sign Symbolizes Hunt for Bin Laden

May 1, 2020

On May 1, 2011, people gathered to celebrate in Times Square upon news of the death of Osama bin Laden. A few miles away in Brooklyn, Cheryl Stewart had a sign in her front yard that read, “Where is Osama bin Laden?” A tally on the sign counted the number of days the world’s most elusive terrorist remained free.

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Tribute in Light Reminds New Yorkers, and the World, That Out of Darkness Shines Light

April 30, 2020

Outside of the sacred space of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum itself, one of the most beloved, moving, and memorable ways the institution fulfills its mission to commemorate the 2,983 people killed in the 9/11 and February 26, 1993 attacks is Tribute in Light.

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