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 Look Back at 2022 With Elizabeth L. Hillman

January 20, 2023

Our new President and CEO looks back on the highlights of 2022 with a hopeful eye on the coming year. 

Rescue & Recovery: In Their Own Voices With Father Brian Jordan

December 23, 2022

In the latest installment of our "In Their Own Voices" series, Franciscan priest Father Brian Jordan recounts the time he spent ministering to rescue and recovery workers at Ground Zero and delivering Sunday Mass at the base of the now iconic World Trade Center Cross. 

Tall Order: Accessories With a Cause

December 21, 2022

The legacy of Andrew Friedman, who was killed on 9/11 just two weeks after staring a job at the World Trade Center, lives on in the accessory company his twin sons founded after his death. 

Rescue & Recovery: In Their Own Voices With Bryan Stern

December 2, 2022

We're closing out Salute to Service with one more installment of our "In Their Own Voices" series. Here, Bryan Stern — a veteran and rescue and recovery worker — answers questions about his time in the military, his role in the clean-up at Ground Zero, and Project Dynamo, the organization he founded to help evacuate Afghan and now Ukrainian refugees.

Visionaries in Service: Phil Caruso

November 29, 2022

As National Veterans and Military Families Month winds down, we share another installment of our Visionaries in Service series. Here, Air Force veteran Phil Caruso, who retired as a Major with two Bronze Stars and now serves as Chairman and Executive Director of No One Left Behind, answers questions about giving back through public service.

New Book Recounts Planning of U.S. Response to Attacks, and Unexpected Impact

November 28, 2022

Alan Mack was the first pilot to fly into Afghanistan as the U.S. launched its military response to the 9/11 attacks. His new book recounts his experience in the planning and implementation of that response — and the impact it had on his family. 

Team RWB Continues Veterans Day Tradition

November 11, 2022

Volunteers from Team Red, White, & Blue, an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of those who have served, placed yellow roses on the Memorial at the names of veterans killed on 9/11.

UCLA Health Operation Mend Visits Ahead of Veterans Day

November 10, 2022

A Salute to Service tradition continued when UCLA Health Operation Mend, which treats and heals the veteran and military community, visited the Memorial on their annual trip to New York for the Veterans Day parade. 

2022 Summit on Security Happening Now

November 10, 2022

The fifth annual Summit on Security, presented by Fiserv, is now on demand. View highlights from its discussions, including an impressive roster of experts who share meaningful insights as they delve into the ways we can all make companies, cities, and nations safer. 

Rescue & Recovery: In Their Own Voices With John Paluska

November 4, 2022

In the span of a week, Visionary Network co-founder John Paluska went from rising college freshman in the cornfields of Kansas to rescue and recovery worker at the ruins of the World Trade Center. Here, he shares his memories of the experience and the unforeseen impact it had on the course of his life.