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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.

Latest Posts

More Than a Birthday

February 25, 2020

On September 11, 2001, Jon Leiken was in his law office in Times Square when he received a phone call from his wife, Erika, who was eight-and-a-half-months pregnant. At the time, Erika was working as an attorney with the Legal Aid Society just a few blocks from the World Trade Center. 

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Wesley Wong, FBI On-Scene Commander, Shares 9/11 Story

February 25, 2020

Retired FBI agent Wesley Wong recalls noting what a beautiful morning it was on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. His workday began at an FBI garage facility just north of the World Trade Center, where he learned from a mechanic that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center. 

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Hope Helps Sonia Agron and Her Family Cope in the Aftermath of 9/11

February 25, 2020

I first met Sonia Agron in 2014 during training for the opening of the 9/11 Memorial Museum. We were both preparing to be part of the Museum’s Education team, she as a docent and I as an Interpretive Guide. 

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Michael and Roselle: A Story of Teamwork and Trust on 9/11

February 25, 2020

Michael Hingson has been blind since birth due to a disease called retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). In his infancy, doctors suggested his parents send him to a home for the blind, where they could take better care of him.

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One Passenger’s Powerful Message to His Wife on 9/11

February 25, 2020

When Julie Sweeney Roth first saw Brian Sweeney, she told a  friend “that’s the kind of guy [she] would marry.” Seven months later, she and Brian had their wedding on Cape Cod, a place Brian had always loved and where the couple would eventually live permanently.

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1993 WTC Bombing As Told Through Artifacts

February 25, 2020

Twenty-seven years ago, terrorists detonated an explosive-filled van on the B2 level of the underground parking garage in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. While the terrorists’ mission to destroy the towers failed, six people were killed in the attack and hundreds were injured. We share this history from the events of the day to the investigation inside the 9/11 Memorial Museum through artifacts and firsthand accounts.

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Remembering the Victims of the 1993 Bombing of the World Trade Center

February 24, 2020

Today we honor the six victims of the first attack on the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993.

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On View: Harvey Joseph Gardner III’s Floppy Disk

February 20, 2020

A 9/11 family member reflects on how seemingly ordinary objects, like a floppy disk currently on view in the memorial exhibition, provide a tangible connection to our collective past.

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Q&A with Mary McCord: What Everyone Needs to Know About Prosecuting Domestic Terrorism

February 18, 2020

On Thursday, February 20, Mary McCord of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection and Seamus Hughes of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism will discuss what constitutes “domestic terrorism” and the challenges in prosecuting it during a public program at the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

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Months Before 9/11, A Married Couple Renewed Their Vows On ‘Top Of The World’ At The WTC

February 14, 2020

This Valentine’s Day we celebrate the marriage of Gene Cassara and Barbara Murphy, who renewed their wedding vows atop the World Trade Center in an unforgettable ceremony seven months before 9/11.

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