September 11: Paying tribute in quilt blocks

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:

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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.

About Katie

I joined in 2002 as a part-time content screener and now serve as Director of Operations, overseeing Legacy’s day-to-day operations (Guest Book screening, obituary processing, customer service, and client service). I grew up in California, the daughter of a psychologist and a minister. My parents instilled in me the importance of listening to and caring about others. One of the things I appreciate most about working at is that I am able to have a small part in easing people's pain during one of the most difficult times in their lives. In my life outside of Legacy, I enjoy baking treats (and bringing them to the office to share), playing the piano, reading, taking pictures, tending to our vegetable & herb gardens, trying out new restaurants and foods, spending time with my husband, Chuck (whom I met at Legacy) and our kids, Brett Jr. & Josie.
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