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9/11 Living Memorial | History


The tragedy of September 11, 2001 was one of personal, civic, national, international, historical and spiritual dimensions. In the years it will take to build the physical Memorial at the World Trade Center site, development of a “Living Memorial” will enable expression of these six dimensions by providing a dynamic, Internet-based, knowledge management portal for reflection, remembrance, interaction, education and scholarly research.

The 9/11 Living Memorial Project Living Memorial is an Internet-based technology project. It is a central archive, an online repository and an interactive resource available to anyone around the world with an Internet connection. It enables victims’ family members -- no matter their location -- to chronicle the lives of their loved ones by sharing pictures, memories, audio, video and other information. Similarly, it also will allow survivors, rescue workers and all those affected by the horrific events of 9/11 to share their stories.

The idea for a Living Memorial initially came about as a way to begin addressing key needs of victims’ families and children that couldn’t be fully served until the Memorial and Memorial Museum are built and open to the public.

With generous financial support from E*TRADE Financial Corp., and volunteer assistance from experts, partners, victims’ families and survivors, September’s Mission Foundation developed the overarching concepts and technology requirements beginning in 2004 that drive the project today. Voices of September 11th, one of the original partners, is now fully responsible for the Living Memorial, expanding on the original concepts and technologies that empower the Living Memorial.

Voices of September 11th officially launched the 9/11 Living Memorial on September 11, 2006, the fifth anniversary of 9/11. To date, more than 1,000 families have created tributes to honor how their loved ones lived and to ensure that future generations never forget.

September’s Mission would like to thank all those who have been a part of this meaningful project, including Voices of September 11th, E*Trade, Dewey Ballantine, The New York State Museum, Hospital Audience, Inc., Art Aid, Bob Kamm, Amy M. Smith, Scott Warner, all the families and survivors who participated on committees, and all of our many other partners and supporters that would take too long to name here who have contributed so much to September’s Mission and the Living Memorial Project.

Mary Fetchet
Founding Director
Voices of September 11th

Monica Iken
September’s Mission Foundation

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