On Sunday, April 26, the VOICES staff was on hand for the Family Day celebration following the 9/11 Memorial 5K Run to Remember.
At the VOICES tent, visitors created commemorative quilt squares to be added to the "In Memoriam" Quilt. Inspired by the AIDS Memorial Quilt - which was conceived to document the lives they feared history would neglect - VOICES created this project. (9/11 Museum President Joe Daniels stopped by to create the first square of the day!) Originally, the quilt included photographs and messages honoring the nearly 3,000 lives lost on 9/11 at the World Trade Center site, at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, PA.
The project has expanded to honor the lives of the responders and recovery workers who have died as a result of illnesses from working in the recovery effort. The quilt also includes reflections of the events of 9/11 and messages that promote resilience and healing.
When completed, the quilt will be on display at VOICES Day of Remembrance Symposium, which is held annually on September 10th in New York City. A digital version will be incorporated into VOICES 9/11 Living Memorial and available through our website.