Rescue and Recovery Worker Recognition

In recognition of the 16th anniversary of the end of the World Trade Center rescue, recovery and relief operation, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum is hosting dedicated programs and commemorative activities from Tuesday, May 29, through Sunday, June 3, 2018. Rescue and recovery workers are welcome to visit the Museum during this time with complimentary admission for two additional guests. If you have not yet joined the Rescue and Recovery Workers Registry, registration is required to reserve your complimentary tickets.

As in previous years, a special ceremony to honor the sacrifices and selfless contributions of all the rescue and recovery workers and their families will be held at the Last Column in Foundation Hall. The tribute will include a moment of silence to remember those who have succumbed to 9/11-related illnesses. Tickets can be reserved here.

Note: Unless otherwise noted, all events are located in the Auditorium on the Museum Pavilion L-2 Level.

9:30 a.m. Project Rebirth Short: Tanya
12:00 p.m. The Survivors' Stairs: This talk in "The Stories They Tell" series provides the story of the Vesey Street Staircase, which served as a key pathway to safety for hundreds on 9/11 and is now a design fixture in the museum.

9:30 a.m. Project Rebirth Short: Brian
12:00 p.m. Collecting at Ground Zero: The Story of Hangar 17This talk in "The Stories They Tell" series explains the unprecedented efforts to find and preserve historic artifacts shortly after 9/11.              
5:30 p.m. Stories from the Recovery: Through firsthand accounts, individuals who provided services of respite and relief during the recovery operation share their memories and discuss ongoing health impacts. Located in Foundation Hall. 
6:00 p.m. Ceremony in Foundation Hall.

9:30 a.m. Project Rebirth Short: Nick  
12:00 p.m. Bedrock to Infinity: This talk in "The Stories They Tell" series explores how the 9/11 Memorial Museum, set within the foundations of the original World Trade Center, was shaped by recovery operations and historic preservation efforts at Ground Zero.

9:30 a.m. Project Rebirth Short: Debbie
12:00 p.m. The Survivor Glass: This talk in "The Stories They Tell" series provides the story of the South Tower Glass, the only windowpane from the Twin Towers known to have survived 9/11 intact.

Drop-in activities in the Education Center are tied to specific artifacts and themes in the Museum. Meant to spark conversations between children and their caregivers, our current activities offer age-appropriate entry-points into the history of the World Trade Center, 9/11 and its aftermath. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Drop-in activities include:

The Shield
The Shield, by New York City artist Red Grooms, depicts the variety of workers that came to Ground Zero to help after the Twin Towers collapsed on 9/11. Rescue and recovery workers, first responders, construction workers, politicians in hard-hats and military personnel are all shown performing important jobs at Ground Zero. The scene is enclosed inside the shape of an officer’s shield.

Visitors who take part in this activity will observe The Shield and then use modeling clay to sculpt the shape of one of the figures they identify in the artwork. After they create their clay figure, they will then color it using markers. This activity allows visitors to consider why so many people came to help at Ground Zero after 9/11, and also encourages them to reflect on what they can do during times of tragedy to help in their own communities.

“Dear Hero” Postcards
After 9/11, thousands of letters came to New York City from children all over the country to thank police officers, firefighters and recovery workers for their work. Many began with the words, “Dear Hero.” In this activity, visitors will have the chance to do the same — to create postcards to say thank you to someone in their community that has demonstrated courage and bravery in order to help someone in need or to protect the country they live in.

Share Your Story
Please visit the Reflecting on 9/11 studio in the Museum to share your thoughts and perspectives on the rescue and recovery efforts.