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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A Young Boy Learns About Heroism Through Kindness

August 24, 2021

In the latest installment of our series featuring books that address 9/11 for children, we're highlighting Tom Rogers' Eleven. Ideal for ages 10-12, Eleven tells the story of 9/11 through the lens of an 11-year-old boy as he encounters obstacles and deals with emotions felt by so many of us that day.  

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The International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, 2021

August 21, 2021

We recognize the International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, established four years ago by the United Nations as a forum for the voices of those most affected by terrorism. 

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The Legacy Letters at 10: A Conversation With Tara Feinberg

August 20, 2021

In 2011, the organization Tuesday's Children compiled 100 letters written by family members to the loved ones they lost on 9/11, reflecting on a decade gone by. As the 20th anniversary of the attacks approaches, we spoke with some of the families who contributed "legacy letters" ten years ago, asking about the evolution of their feelings and what they wish the world knew. Today’s blog post — the first in a series —  features Tara Feinberg, who lost her firefighter father Alan Feinberg. 

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National Aviation Week Tradition Continues at 9/11 Memorial & Museum

August 18, 2021

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum proudly continues its annual National Aviation Week tradition through August 22, offering free admission to current and retired pilots and flight crews. This year we also mark the week with a number of special guests who will pay tribute at the Memorial. 

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Inside Look: Forging a Limited Edition Keepsake

August 13, 2021

With the launch of The Never Forget Fund earlier this month came the new, limited edition keepsake Never Forget Ticket. The hand-etched commemorative ticket was made by Pennsylvania's Wendell August Forge, the oldest and largest operational forge in the country. We're sharing a photo essay that goes behind the scenes at the forge for an inside look at the keepsake's design and production. 

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Recap: "A Conversation with the Creators Behind the Netflix Film 'Worth'"

August 11, 2021

Earlier this week, to mark the release of the trailer for the Netflix film “Worth,” the Museum welcomed 9/11 family member Charles Wolf; special master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Ken Feinberg; administrator of the fund Camille Biros; actor Laura Benanti; Academy Award nominee Michael Keaton; director Sara Colangelo; and writer/producer Max Borenstein for a very special public program. Panelists shared personal recollections and discussed the creative process that went into telling such a complex story with the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the horizon. 

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On This Day: Philippe Petit's Iconic High-Wire Feat

August 7, 2021

We're remembering high-wire artist Philippe Petit's death-defying walk between the Twin Towers, 47 years ago today. Petit spent 45 minutes in the air as thousands watched from 1,350 feet below, witnessing "the artistic crime of the century." 

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A Maasai Village Responds to 9/11 With Compassion

August 6, 2021

In the second installment of our series featuring books that address 9/11 for children, we're highlighting 14 Cows for America, by Carmen Agra Deedy. 14 Cows tells the story of Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah, a Kenyan student who witnessed the attacks while visiting New York City. Months later back in Africa, Kimeli was the first to break the news of 9/11 to his remote Maasai village, who went on to offer a very special gesture of support for the people of America. 

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Remembering Artist Michael Richards on His Birthday

August 2, 2021

We pay tribute to artist Michael Richards on what would have been his 58th birthday. Richards, who was killed on 9/11 while working in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s World View studio on the North Tower’s 92nd floor, is now the subject of a major retrospective at the North Miami Museum of Contemporary Art. 

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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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