A memorial was constructed in New York City as a tribute to the beloved victims and the countless others who risked their lives on 9/11. In 2003, a competition was held to select a design for the memorial. Submissions totaled 5,201 and represented 63 nations. The winning design belonged to Michael Arad and Peter Walker. Their goal for the memorial was to portray the absence and loss brought around by the falling of the twin towers, but also to show future progress and growth. I chose to do my paper on a hardhat and respirator worn during 9/11 rescues for just this reason. Although the attack on the Twin Towers is reprehensible, it’s also a time in history when all New Yorkers came together to take a stand and protect the city they had created. On September 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, the memorial was open to the families of the victims. This tribute is essential to remembering the deceased as well as the attack. It helps to solidify 9/11’s place in history and make sure that the future generations will remember this event.