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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:28 pm    Post subject: FAMILY MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE IN MEMORIAL EXHIBITION
From Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:00 am to Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:59 am (included)
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To All,

I am forwarding this on because I have made a commitment to pass on all 9/11 information and I really do want the memorial/museum at Ground Zero to succeed.

That being said I find it very disheartening that for the past five years we have asked the mayor and the World Trade Center Foundation to assist us with the hearts and Hands Memorial.

A Memorial that is going to include 8 x 10 photos of all the 9/11 Victims in a corridor of memories that will also allow family members to record memories.

Our numerous e-mails and letters have gone unanswered and now we receive this. (attached please find latest letter)

We are moving forward with the Hearts and Hands Memorial an along with our Corridor of Memories we will house the United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt and a 21,000 square foot memorial garden..

We hope that you will continue to support our effort to complete this project by 9/11/11.

For more information please click the link below.



Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Family Members Contributions of Objects, Text, and Recorded Memories to Make Up Content for Exhibition Honoring Each Individual Life Lost;
Outreach Effort Begins to Verify Listing and Arrangement of Memorial Names

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum today began inviting 9/11 victims’ family members to contribute objects, text and recorded memories that will make up the content of one of the Museum’s key exhibitions — the Memorial Exhibition. The Memorial Exhibition will allow visitors to the Museum to learn more about each individual who was killed in the September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 attacks. The Memorial & Museum also began an important outreach effort to verify the listing and arrangement of each victims’ name for the 9/11 Memorial.

“We are asking those who knew these individuals best — their family, friends, and colleagues — to help ensure that the memory of each person is preserved through the Memorial Exhibition,” 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels said. “Objects, photographs, recorded memories and text will create moving portraits that celebrate each individual life and allow visitors to relate to those who died.

“The next-of-kin’s participation in arranging and verifying the names to be inscribed on the Memorial is vitally important. We plan to work with the information provided by families to place the names in a meaningful way that recognizes relationships and friendships,” Daniels said.

“The Memorial Exhibition will underscore the value we place on individual lives,” 9/11 Memorial Museum Director Alice M. Greenwald said. “The thousands of faces and memories demonstrate the impact of terrorism on individuals, families and communities. The exhibition clearly shows that terrorism is not an abstraction, reinforcing a core message of the Memorial Museum - that the indefensible acts of terrorism affect real people.”

The Museum’s goal is to collect at least one photograph or portrait image for each person killed in the 2001 and 1993 attacks, as well as written and oral remembrances, commemorative text and personal objects, in order to develop the Memorial Exhibition and build a robust, accompanying biographical archive. There are a number of ways that the public, whether parents, siblings, spouses, co-workers, or friends of victims, can contribute.

Images, written remembrances, and commemorative text can now be submitted through a new special section on the Memorial & Museum website, http://newmuseumme.national911memorial.org/. Contributors to the website will be able to create unique profiles to upload images, digital files, and text that can be continually accessed by the contributor and will become part of the Museum’s permanent collection. This material can also be submitted by mail.

In addition, the public can share images and text about their loved ones through the “9/11 Living Memorial” project, an interactive, digitized, and searchable database designed to commemorate individual lives and stories, that will be a central component of the Museum’s archive. The Memorial & Museum has established an official collaborative partnership with leading family advocacy group VOICES of September 11th to support the “9/11 Living Memorial.”

The Memorial & Museum has also launched a new feature, the “Call to Remember” initiative which allows people to record 10-minute remembrances about their loved ones by phone at (866) 582-5613 (toll free) or (646) 248-6225 (local). Callers are encouraged to imagine that they are speaking with a friend and to share information that will help others to understand the individual who died. Remembrances can be recorded in any language.

The “Call to Remember” initiative uses web services provided by Twilio, a company headquartered in San Francisco, California, which supplies telephony infrastructure web service "in the cloud", enabling web programmers to integrate phone calls into their applications. With Twilio, developers can initiate and receive real-time phone calls using existing web application frameworks such as PHP, Java, .NET, Python, Ruby, C#, ASP, and more.

Excerpts from the “Call to Remember” oral remembrances, as well as from the Memorial & Museum’s oral history program and a partnership with the national spoken history initiative StoryCorps, will be a core component of the Memorial Exhibition and will be used to support other Museum exhibitions.

The Memorial Exhibition will commemorate the lives of those who perished on September 11, 2001 and February 26 1993, and will provide visitors with the opportunity to learn about the men, women, and children who died. The Museum plans call for visitors to enter the exhibition along a corridor in which nearly 3,000 victims’ photographs form a “Wall of Faces,” intended to communicate the scale of human loss. Nearby, interactive tables will allow visitors to discover additional information about each person, including photographs, recollections by family and friends, artifacts, and the location of individual names on the Memorial pools. Rotating selections of personal artifacts will also be featured. An adjoining chamber will present profiles of individual victims in a dignified sequence, through photographs, biographical information, and audio recordings.

The Museum is currently developing a primary interpretive exhibition that will focus on what happened on September 11, 2001, how these events transpired, and detail the extraordinary response — locally, nationally, and internationally. The exhibition will allow visitors to contemplate what it means to live in a “post-9/11 world.” Powerful artifacts, ranging from the monumental to the intimate; documentary photographs and film footage; and first-person narratives will combine to relate a story of tragedy and survival, and of selflessness and courage.

The Museum will also incorporate as exhibition elements a variety of existing materials that encompass an extraordinary range of size, weight and media. These include: remnants of the World Trade Center structures attesting to the enormity of the buildings and the forces of destruction—multi-ton pieces of steel currently in the care of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; intimate mementos that mark individual experiences; paper-based and mixed media materials detailing some of the aftermath of the events; vast collections of photographic, video and born-digital imagery by both amateurs and professionals; oral histories and other audio materials; artistic expressions made in tribute to the lives lost and to the events and their emotional impact; and in-situ physical remnants of the site including the surviving Slurry Wall and the truncated box column remnants.

The Museum’s exhibitions are currently in design development. In April 2007, Thinc Design, Inc., in partnership with Local Projects, LLC, was chosen as the lead exhibition design firm for the Memorial Museum.

To download new renderings of the Memorial Exhibition, visit www.national911memorial.org/renderings.

Outreach Effort Begins to Verify Listing and Arrangement of Memorial Names

The Memorial & Museum is asking the next-of-kin of each victim to participate in the important process of ensuring that all names are inscribed correctly on the 9/11 Memorial. Over the next month, the next-of-kin of each victim should receive an official Memorial Name Verification and Arrangement package in the mail that includes a form to verify the inscription of the name and to provide other information that will help to guide the arrangement.

The names of the nearly 3,000 victims will be inscribed on bronze parapets surrounding the Memorial pools, which sit in the footprints of the Twin Towers. The Memorial pools will each be nearly one acre in size. The names will be stencil-cut into the parapets, allowing visitors to look through the names at the water and to create paper impressions or rubbings of individual names. At night, light will shine up through the voids created by each letter.

Names placed around the North Pool will include those who worked in or were visiting the North Tower (1 WTC); crew and passengers of American Airlines Flight 11; those who were killed in the February 26, 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center.

Around the South Pool, names will include those who worked in or were visiting the South Tower (2 WTC) and all other areas of the World Trade Center complex and surrounding areas; crew and passengers of American Airlines Flight 175; those who worked in or were visiting the Pentagon; crew and passengers of American Airlines Flight 77; crew and passengers of United Airlines Flight 93.

Within these groupings, the names of those who shared the same affiliation will be inscribed together (such as co-workers from the same company, flight crew of the planes, or people visiting the Towers together). Additionally, the forms being sent to the next-of-kin will ask if there are specific victims’ names they would like to be inscribed adjacent to their loved ones — whether family members, friends, or co-workers.

Visitors to the Memorial will be able to locate individual names through on-site kiosks, staff and volunteers, online websites, and printed directories.


The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is the not-for-profit corporation created to oversee the design, raise the funds, and program and operate the Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center site. The Memorial & Museum will be located on eight of the 16 acres of the site.

The Memorial will remember and honor the nearly three thousand people who died in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993, and September 11, 2001. The design, created by Michael Arad and Peter Walker, consists of two pools that reside in the footprints of the original Twin Towers, surrounded by a plaza of oak trees. The Arad/Walker design was selected from a design competition that included more than 5,000 entrants from 63 nations.

The Museum will display monumental artifacts associated with the events of September 11, while presenting intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning and recovery that are central to telling the story of September 11 and its aftermath. It will communicate key messages that embrace both the specificity and the universal implications of the events of 9/11; document the impact of those events on individual lives, as well as on local, national, and international communities; and explore the continuing significance of these events for our global community.

Donations can be made through and more information can be found at the Memorial & Museum’s website, http://www.national911memorial.org/, or by calling 1-877-WTC-GIVE.

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