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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Someone Like You on Their Side

May 15, 2023

As the FDNY's Chief Medical Officer on 9/11, Dr. Kerry Kelly was a first responder who raced to Ground Zero to help however she could. Her school teacher husband Dan, whose ability to remain calm and steady in the face of chaos steered his Staten Island students through that horrific day and its aftermath, is a 9/11 hero in his own right. 

Teacher Appreciation Week Notes of Gratitude

May 11, 2023

This Teacher Appreciation Week, we're sharing some of the powerful notes we've received from educators about the role we play in teaching the history and legacy of 9/11. 

Rescue & Recovery: In Their Own Voices With Rich Palmer

May 10, 2023

With the 21st anniversary of the formal end to rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero fast approaching, we're dedicating this month's "In Their Own Voices" series to Rich Palmer, of the New York City Department of Correction. 

Rescue & Recovery: In Their Own Voices With Bram Gunther

April 18, 2023

With Earth Day front of mind, we're highlighting Bram Gunther, Deputy Director of Forestry and Horticulture for the New York City Parks Department on 9/11, in the April installment of our "In Their Own Voices" series. Gunther talks about his role in saving the Callery Pear that became the Survivor Tree and what trees and nature in general can do for those grieving in a time of crisis. 

Rescue & Recovery: In Their Own Voices With Elizabeth Cascio

March 30, 2023

As we wrap up Women's History Month, trailblazer FDNY veteran Elizabeth Cascio reflects on her 39 years of service, her role in the response to the attacks, and her experience as a 9/11 cancer survivor. 

Towers Rising, Through the Eyes of First Responder Turned Artist

March 28, 2023

First Responder Brenda Berkman, an FDNY Lieutenant, channels the personal trauma of 9/11 into art that reflects the changing skyline — and resilience — of New York City since the attacks. 

The 2023 5K: Why I Run, With John Quinn

March 20, 2023

With just over a month to go before the 11th annual 9/11 Memorial & Museum 5K, presented by RXR on April 30, John Quinn remembers his friend Joyce Capeneto, in whose memory he has participated for the past six years. 

The Call to Serve, a Generation Apart

February 28, 2023

Paddy McGee, an NYPD officer who appears in our 2023 Anniversary Digital Learning Experience, was inspired to enter public service when, as a child, he watched emergency workers responding to an incident in his Queens neighborhood. He went on to become a heroic first responder on 9/11 and the father of a newly minted Port Authority Police Officer as well. 

Rescue & Recovery: In Their Own Voices With Nancy Seliga

February 24, 2023

Nancy Seliga  worked for the Port Authority for nearly four decades, surviving both the 1993 bombing and the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. In this installment of our Rescue & Recovery: In Their Own Voices series, Nancy looks back on these horrific moments in history and shares her perspectives on their aftermath. 

30 Years Later: Alan Reiss Reflects on the 1993 WTC Bombing

February 20, 2023

Alan Reiss, who has served for two decades as liaison between the Port Authority and the developer of the World Trade Center site, recounts his experience on February 26, 1993 and shares his thoughts on the long-term impact of the day.