A rose is laid out in memory of each Sept. 11 victim on their birthday


There is a binder at theNational September 11 Memorial & Museum that holds the names of the nearly 3,000 victims, listed chronologically by birthday.

Every morning before the memorial and museum open to the public, a volunteer copies the page for that day from the binder and goes to a refrigerator to remove one white rose for every victim who would have celebrated a birthday that day.

The stems are cut two inches below the leaves, the volunteer then walks out onto the plaza and places the rose on the first letter of the last name or a middle initial on the parapets surrounding the memorial pool. Two pictures are taken of the rose and name — one with the pool in the background, the other with the skyline. The Birthday Rose photos are emailed to family members. – READ MORE

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