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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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 Ruck 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. 

Powerful Memoir by Juliette Brisman Keeps Husband's Memory Alive

October 21, 2022

The recovery of Mark Brisman's wedding band in 2004 brought a part of him back to his family and reshaped their lives. His wife, now a motivational speaker and grief counselor, recounts their love story and the significance of that ring in her memoir "A Heart Returned." 

Survivor Tree Inspires Messages of Hope

October 14, 2022

Our Art Cart invites summer visitors to leave a message of hope at the Survivor Tree, but the activity is one that can be completed at home any time of the year, just with just as much meaning.

An Intern Reflects: Pace University, the WTC, and 9/11

October 12, 2022

A 9/11 Memorial & Museum intern shares the findings of a research project she conducted while working with our Government & Community Affairs team, highlighting the connection between the Museum, the World Trade Center, and Pace University, where she attends college.

21st Anniversary Commemoration Highlights

September 29, 2022

Highlights from the 21st anniversary commemoration remind us that from New York City to Japan, people across the country and around the world come together to help preserve the legacy of September 11 and ensure that we never forget.