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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Plan a 21st Anniversary Commemoration

September 9, 2022

As we head into the 21st anniversary weekend, explore ideas for commemorating in whatever way works best for you. Help us fulfill our collective promise to never forget. 

Join the Conversation: 9/11 Memorial & Museum Anniversary in the Schools

September 1, 2022

In her guest post, Education Specialist Nicole Torres goes behind-the-scenes at our annual Anniversary in the Schools live chat and talks about why answering students' and teachers' questions means so much to her. 

Rescue & Recovery: In Their Own Voices with Bridget Gormley

August 29, 2022

Our ongoing Q&A series "In Their Own Voices" — created to highlight the diversity and previously unimaginable undertaking of the 9/11 rescue and recovery community — continues this month with filmmaker and advocate Bridget Gormley, whose firefighter father William (Billy) died in 2017 from lung and bladder cancer caused by exposure to toxins at at Ground Zero. 

British Victim Advocate Who Survived Terrorist Attack Takes Inspiration from 9/11 Community

August 21, 2022

After the 2017 Westminster Bridge terrorist attack in London left him seriously injured, Travis Frain became an advocate for victims of similar past — and future — acts of violence. In this guest blog post, he explains how terrorism reshaped his perspectives and the ways the 9/11 community inspires his advocacy works.

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.