For Immediate Release
Gina Reilly 732-543-2300
March 4, 2010
September 11: How We Remember
The New Brunswick Free Public Library is teaming up with VOICES of September 11th (VOICES) to present an exhibition “September 11: How We Remember” in the library’s Carl T. Valenti Community Room. The exhibition will be available for viewing throughout the month of March during the library’s regular hours of operation.
The exhibition’s Opening Reception will take place on Saturday, March 6 at 2 PM with survivors and rescue workers of the September 11 attacks telling their personal stories. Monica Rosado, LCSW, of VOICES of September 11th will also present an educational program about overcoming tragedy and grief. Children will be able to participate in the creation of a 9/11 Commemorative Quilt by decorating quilt squares and decorating the pieces of a Community Puzzle. The reception will be held in the library’s Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
The completed 9/11 Commemorative Quilt will be unveiled at the exhibition’s Closing Ceremony on Saturday, March 27 at 3 PM in the library’s Carl T. Valenti Community Room. The ceremony will also feature a musical performance of the bagpipes by Keith Allen. Gina Reilly, the Program Director of VOICES New Brunswick office states, “We are very excited to be working with the children of the New Brunswick community, and hope this is just the first of many opportunities in which to do so.”
The exhibition will include items on loan from VOICES New Brunswick office, featuring a collection of photographs from Voices of September 11th’s “9/11 Living Memorial Project” that chronicles the lives of New Jersey residents lost on 9/11 and stories of rescue workers and survivors. “Creating the 9/11 Living Memorial is a very healing process. The inspirational photographs will provide children with an important context and better understanding of the lives and stories of 9/11.” said VOICES Founding Director Mary Fetchet. The 9/11 exhibit includes an American Flag honoring those lost, handmade quilts and cards made for the victims’ families as well as photographs of 9/11 memorials built through out the state of New Jersey, among other items. For more information contact Gina Reilly at the VOICES office at 732-543-2300.
About the September 11 How We Remember Exhibit
The “September 11: How We Remember” exhibition and related programs will be held at the New Brunswick Free Public Library, 60 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey. The exhibit and programs are free and open to the public. For more information about the exhibition or programs, please contact librarian Laura Szalaj at 732-745-5108, ext. 20. For more information about VOICES of September 11th, please call Gina Reilly at 732-543-2300.
About VOICES of September 11th
Voices of September 11th (VOICES) is committed to its core mission of supporting the ongoing needs and advocating on behalf of those impacted by the terrorist attacks on 9/11/01 by providing a wide range of programs including teleconference groups, case management services, 9/11 Living Memorial workshops and annual 9/11 Day of Remembrance events. VOICES promotes public policy reform on prevention, preparedness and response to terrorism; and builds bridges between international communities changed by terrorism. In 2006, VOICES launched the 9/11 Living Memorial digital archive that commemorates the lives and stories of September 11, 2001. VOICES is based in New Canaan, CT and in 2009 opened a satellite office in New Brunswick to better serve the 9/11 families, rescue workers and survivors living in New Jersey.
VOICES is led by Founding Director Mary Fetchet, a clinical social worker who lost her 24-year-old son Brad on 9/11. VOICES supported the creation of the 9/11 Commission and continues to advocate for reforms to promote preparedness on the local state and federal level. VOICES membership has grown to over 10,000 9/11 families and their children, rescue workers and survivors.
About the 9/11 Living Memorial Project
VOICES 9/11 Living Memorial Project is an online digital archive that commemorates the nearly 3,000 lives lost and documents stories of rescue workers and survivors. VOICES skilled social workers help work one-on-one with families to create a meaningful tribute to their loved ones and document their firsthand accounts. The 9/11 Living Memorial currently has an extensive collection of over 30,000 photographs, written tributes and personal keepsakes that will be preserved for future generations. The archive will become a core component of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center. Visit the 9/11 Living Memorial at www.voicesofsept11.org.