9/11 Family Members

This is a dedicated area of the website for the loved ones of those killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 and includes information on how to plan a visit, find a name on the Memorial, join the 9/11 families mailing list, and give to the collection.

 In focus to the right are two hands holding a firefighter helmet with the number 37 and the word lieutenant on it. Out of focus to the left is a woman holding a framed photo of a man.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

Anniversary Commemoration

A family member places a white carnation in a name on a memorial panel. His arm is extending into the frame from the left side as he adds a carnation to a row of flowers places inside the name.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

The heart of the mission of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum remains the annual commemoration ceremony. Each year on September 11, victims' family members gather on the Memorial plaza to read aloud the names of those killed in the 9/11 attacks and in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

9/11 Family Member Visit Information

 Two women embrace while standing in a crowd beside the slurry wall in Foundation Hall.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

Visiting the 9/11 Memorial & Museum will always be free for 9/11 family members. A dedicated phone line for family members is available to assist in planning your visit to the Museum.

Birthday Roses

A birthday rose is left on a parapet.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum each day recognizes the birthdays of the men, women, and children whose names are inscribed on the 9/11 Memorial by placing a single white rose at each person’s name on his or her birthday.

Find a Name on the Memorial

 Flowers are left near names on the parapet.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

All 2,983 names of the men, women, and children killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 are inscribed on bronze parapets surrounding the twin Memorial pools.

Give to the Collection

This recovered red wallet, belonging to Giovanna Galletta Gambale, shows significant damaged with encrusted dust and warped from exposure to the elements. There are scorch marks and soot stains on the fabric.

If you have photographs, personal mementos, or other materials such as video and audio recordings that relate to your loved one and capture a sense of who they were or reference where they were on September 11, 2001 or February 26, 1993, please be in touch about contributing these items to the Museum’s permanent collection.

Family Room

A cloth with a hand-written note has been placed at a victim’s name on a bronze parapet at the Memorial. The cloth reads “I love you grandma” and sits between two, small American flags.

The Family Room provides a private place of comfort and reflection for 9/11 family members and their guests.

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OCME Repository at the World Trade Center

A plaque on the wall beside artist Spencer Finch’s installation “Trying To Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning” in Foundation Hall reads: “Reposed behind this wall are the remains of many who perished at the World Trade Center site on September 11, 2001. The Repository is maintained by the Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York.”

The OCME repository houses unidentified or unclaimed remains of 9/11 victims in a dignified setting.

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