In the months following the attacks of September 11, 2011, quilters joined together to create memorial quilt squares that paid tribute to each victim. Each quilter created a block in honor of a specific victim, and the blocks were combined to create a large memorial quilt. Some blocks included a photo of the victim, some included references to hobbies, and some simply listed the victim’s name.
One of the things I find most touching about the quilt blocks is that they highlight that these were individuals who perished. Thousands of them. They were not simply a group of anonymous victims.
Many of the 9/11 memorial quilters shared pictures of their work in our online Guest Books so that family and friends would know that their loved one was being honored and remembered. As we mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks, we share a small sample of quilt block photos from victims’ Guest Books:
The “Remembering 9/11” site includes obituaries, profiles, Guest Books, Moving Tributes and a National Book of Remembrance. To date, more than 6 million people have visited the site, leaving more than 200,000 Guest Book entries.