Being a survivor of the WTC, I wanted to memorialize a New York City Firefighter. I will forever carry his name in my heart.
In the 1970's, we wore Prisoner of War (P.O.W.) bracelets. Today, we also keep others in our memories; Victims of Terrorism and Military Casualties. To keep the memory alive of those who have died at the hands of terrorists or fighting terrorism, we now also wear Memorial Bracelets. People from all over the country are wearing bracelets from Memorial Bracelets located at www.memorialbracelets.com for their own very personal reasons. Below are some of the stories that we have received.
I have lost two friends, one of which was a client of mine and were close and spoke on the phone at length on various subjects, and the other, my girlfriend lost a great friend in the WTC tragedy. In addition to losing her friend, I almost lost my girlfriend to boot. She was at the trade center on the corner of church and vessey and was late to work on the 36th floor of trade center tower 2. When she emerged from the subway stop, the second plane hit when she was on the cell phone with me. Me of course was franticly worrying abut her safety at the time. Long story short, she is ok now.
I am good friends with a firefighter. I know the sacrifices that are made on a daily basis by these men and women. On 9/11/01, the ultimate sacrifice was made by over 300 members of the FDNY. I choose the name Joseph Hunter because he is still missing and he was my age.
My Dad is a disabled veteran and in need of a lung transplant. He was friends with General Timothy Maude when he was Colonel Maude while stationed in Germany. My father had been corresponding with General Maud via email and was expecting a visit from General Maude last November. General Maude was killed in the Pentagon on Sept. 11th, and I thought a Memorial Bracelet for my Dad with General Maud's name on it would be a wonderful gift to remember him by.
I have two POW MIA bracelets that were give to me by my father, so when I saw there were ones for the WTC I was very pleased. My husband is a firefighter/paramedic here where we live in MIchigan, and I have always supported what he does day in and day out. I'm very honored to be the wife of Lt. Chad C.
I ordered the bracelets because it's a daily reminder to my daughter and myself about these people who lost their lives trying to save others. September 11 has had a profound effect on us and we always want to remember.
Tracy and Sierra W.
My boyfriend chose a bracelet that is for the plane that crashed in PA so that he would not forget that it wasn't just people in New York who died. I chose mine "United We Stand" to remind me that as an American I can overcome any challenge I face & I have friends and family that will help me.
I wear a POW/MIA bracelet for a Navy pilot lost over North Vietnam that I got while I was in the service. My students always ask about it, and when I discovered your site after 9/11, I let them know about the opportunity and they chose to sign up if they wanted a bracelet. Some chose non name bracelets, many selected the names of firefighters from FDNY unit that we "adopted" and raised money for their fallen members fund. I tied it to several lessons about service, sacrifice and serving a cause.
My 22 y/o son Paul J. Battaglia was killed on 9/11. The bracelets are for myself and his fiancee. Unfortunately he never got a chance to marry and have children. He loved his job in the twin towers and loved his life so much. When I was in H.S. I wore a POW bracelet. Now I'll wear one for my son.
I'm a Patrol Sergeant for the Calexico Police Department in Calexico, California and my wife is a Public Safety Dispatcher there too. My wife and I, like everybody else were affected by this tragedy. We like many people live in a Law Enforcement Family. My wife was touched in both ways, being that she dispatches Police, Fire and EMS. I will never for get this tragedy for the rest of my life and will live to be the best I can in Honor of my fallen Brothers.
Sgt. Gonzalo "Chalo"
The reason I ordered these bracelets was because, even through I put our flag out each morning (and my husband brings it in when it gets dark) and wear an American flag pin every day, I wanted something more. Something to remind me that this world is changing and the innocence is gone. I wanted something to remind me that we are strong and hopefully something good will come of this terrible tragedy. I want to remember those people and pray for their families. I can only imagine their grief and pray that they know how much we all feel for them. Hopefully more folks will wear them to show their support and love for each other and all Americans!
I ordered a bracelet because the profit goes to the children. Since I lost my Mom when I was seven and my Dad when I was fourteen, I can identify with the children. It was a no brainer for me. Also it was a way for us to show our support for our country.