Several members of the FDNY and the family members place blue ribbons on a black railing at the foot of the Last Column.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

Rescue and Recovery Workers

On May 30, 2002, the Last Column, draped in the American flag, was removed from Ground Zero in an honor-guard procession to mark the end of the nine-month rescue, recovery, and relief efforts at the World Trade Center site.

Each year, we commemorate the May 30 anniversary through a series of programs and events. If you participated in the rescue, recovery, and relief operation, we encourage you to share your story and view some of our resources below.

Rescue and Recovery Workers Registry

The Rescue and Recovery Workers Registry documents participants in the rescue, recovery, investigation, cleanup, and relief efforts after 9/11 in New York City, Arlington, Virginia, and Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The registry is also a space for workers to interact as a community.

Registered individuals are eligible for free admission to the 9/11 Memorial Museum. 

Six stone monoliths border the pathway of the 9/11 Memorial Glade. There are three monoliths on each side of the path. Trees with bright green leaves stand to the left and right and also off in the distance.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

9/11 Memorial Glade

This dedicated space honors the ongoing sacrifice of rescue, recovery, and relief workers, and the survivors and members of the broader lower Manhattan community, who are sick or have died from exposure to hazards and toxins in the aftermath of 9/11.

Dozens of names are seen up close on the concrete Last Column. The concrete is worn and sprayed with orange paint. A man in a blue uniform and white gloves plays a trumpet in the distance.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

9/11 Health Resources

Find links to resources, services, and scientific research about the ongoing health effects related to the 9/11 attacks.