Seven years after 9/11, many support organizations are closing their doors. Yet family members of those who died, along with many of those who toiled for long, difficult hours in the rescue and recovery efforts, are still in desperate need of many kinds of support. The unmet needs of the 9/11 community is just one of the topics that will be discussed at the Day of Remembrance forum and exhibit hosted on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008, by Voices of September 11th, the leading advocacy organization for those impacted by 9/11 and other terrorist attacks (www.voicesofsept11.org
2008's events, hosted in partnership with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center, featured progress updates on designing and building the Museum and Memorial. There was also updates on VOICES' 9/11 Living Memorial digital archive and the StoryCorps September 11th Initiative, both of which will be part of the new facility to be built within the footprint of the former Twin Towers.
The event, held at the Marriott New York Downtown (85 West Street), included workshops to allow 9/11 family members, rescue workers and survivors to create their pages on the 9/11 Living Memorial, a permanent digital archive preserving the lives and stories of September 11, 2001 for generations to come (www.911livingmemorial.org
). The online archive documents the stories of survivors, rescue workers and corporations affected by the attacks. The public was invited to bring photographs, memorial programs and other mementos that commemorate the lives and the stories of 9/11. These was scanned by members of the VOICES staff. Artifacts and personal keepsakes preserved by families will be on display at the Sept. 10 event.