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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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The Legacy Letters at 10: Rosanne & Anne Nelson In Memory of James & Caitlin

September 27, 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. This fall, to mark the 20th anniversary of the attacks, we're speaking with some of the families who contributed letters ten years ago, asking about the evolution of their feelings and what they wish the world knew. Today’s blog post — the second in this series —  features Rosanne and Anne Nelson, remembering James and Caitlin. 

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As 76th General Assembly Convenes, United Nations Pays Tribute to 9/11 Victims

September 24, 2021

More than 300 dignitaries from around the globe attended a special tribute ceremony this week, organized on behalf of the United Nations by their Office of Counter-Terrorism to remember and honor those killed in the 9/11 attacks. Guests observed a moment of silence and laid wreaths in memory of 9/11 victims and terrorism victims around the globe. 

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Henry Leutwyler: Sacred Dust

September 22, 2021

Henry Leutwyler's photographs of objects from our collection let each remnant and remembrance tell its own piece of the 9/11 narrative. The photos - commissioned by National Geographic in cooperation with the Museum - are on view through the 26th at the Foley Gallery, as part of Leutwyler's "Sacred Dust" exhibit. 

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Todd Stone: Documenting Disaster, Documenting Rebirth

September 21, 2021

The New York Culture Club gallery at the Oculus hosts a solo exhibition of works by Todd Stone, showcasing the artist's perspective on the rebuilding of lower Manhattan over the course of two decades. Two pieces from Stone's earlier collection "Witness," which documents the attacks and their devastation, are housed in the Museum's permanent collection. 

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The 20th Anniversary Commemoration

September 13, 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined us in remembrance on Saturday. Together, we will #NeverForget911.

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Marie Roberts: Sketching at Ground Zero to Bear Witness

September 8, 2021

Beginning on the day the subway reopened, the painter Marie Roberts spent four months at Ground Zero, live sketching the rescue and recovery efforts. The resulting 200 drawings capture not only the breadth of the disaster, but also the incredible resilience that shone through each day as she walked the changing perimeter. 

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Impact of 9/11 Toxins 20 Years Later and the Federal Response

September 7, 2021

The 911 Health Watch will host two days of panel discussions with health professionals, journalists, first responders, and survivors, exploring the impact of toxins at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and the Shanksville crash site. 

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Recap: "Seeking Justice: The 9/11 Community & the Lawsuit Against Saudi Arabia"

September 2, 2021

Last week, we welcomed Brett Eagleson (9/11 family member), Ken Williams (former FBI special agent), and Ali Soufan (chairman and CEO, the Soufan Group) for a panel discussion on significant moments in the legal struggle to determine whether the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was directly involved in supporting some of the 9/11 terrorists. 

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Choosing Hope: A College Sophomore Born in NYC on 9/11 Explores the Meaning of Her Birthday

September 1, 2021

Caleigh Leiken, a sophomore at Ohio State University, was born in New York on September 11, 2001. Now almost 20 years old, she reflects on the significance of her birthday, the lessons of that fateful day, and the ways that a sense of hope has shaped her life. 

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3-D Pop Artist Charles Fazzino Unveils New Commissioned Piece at Museum

August 30, 2021

3-D pop artist Charles Fazzino and a roster of iconic New Yorkers were on hand in our atria last week for a special ceremony unveiling "9/11: A Time for Remembrance, Twenty Years Later," which he created specifically for the Museum. The new work celebrates the resilience of the city and its denizens. 

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