Journeys of the Questress - WTC

The Blue Wall of the Unidentified Victims

The Way it Was - 1
The Way it Was - 2
Sept 19 - When Tomorrow Never Comes
Sept 27 - Oral Interpretation
Oct 5 - A Mile of Tears - Part 1
Oct 5 - A Mile of Tears - Part 2
Oct 5 - A Mile of Tears - Part 3
Oct 11 - Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
Oct 28 - Each Day I Search the Rubble
Nov 12 - When Spires Fall
Nov 19 - 911 The Rape of America
Dec 14 - Just A Thought
Dec 18 - A Sense of Place
Feb 2 - Final Pass to the End Zone
March 3 - Sitting on the Edge
March 14- Do You Still Remember
March 20 - Virtual Walk-Through
March 25 - When Will It End - Part 1
March 25 - When Will It End - Part 2
April 1 - Towers of Light
May 14 - View From Above
May 30 - Tunnel At the End of the Light
May 31 - Seventeen Hundred
Aug 9 - From the Margins Erased
Aug 30 - The Train Doesn't Stop There Anymore
Sept 9 - Ceremonies of Light and Dark
Sept 10 - Just An Anniversary
Sept 12 - September Holds Great Promise
Literary Reflections
Rebirth and Resurrection
The Winter Garden Springs To Life
The Winter Garden Springs To Life - con't
Underpass to the Past
Rebuilding Ground Zero
Under Hallowed Ground
What Will Fill the Void?
I Submit a Design
Footprints in the Dust
My Memorial Design Submission
My Memorial Design - Drawings
New Path Train Station
Path Station Tour
May We Never Forget
That Which Surives
War Without End
4th Anniversary
Footprints in the Dust
I Miss 9/11
Time Comes Between Us
A Thousand Cranes
Fear Factor
Love Letters On The Wall
Empty Chairs
Sitting on the Edge of Forever
Walking the Perimeter of Emptiness
A Counting of Days
For Friends Absent But Not Forgotten
The Memory Keeper's Promise
Unbreak My Heart
Standing On The Edge Of Forever
Both Sides Now
A Memory In Time
The Gravity of Loss
The Survivors Rise Up
Flowers Will Bloom
The Fire Within Us
The Sentinel
Stronger Than The Storm
Between the Candle and the Stars
A Journey Through Remembrance
Canticle of Remembrance
Beyond the Crucible of Chaos
Journey Through Remembrance project
What See We Now
Forever In Our Hearts
Keeping the Flame Alive
The Rebuilding of Ground Zero continues
Does Anyone Care Anymore?
Where Is Our Story Teller of Pain
At Memory's Edge
Dust Thou Art and to Dust Thou Shalt Return
Heroes Never Die
The Flame Inside Our Hearts
The Year of the Heroes of 9/11
Déjà Vu
Remembering 9/11 in the year of COVID-19
Coronavirus Decimates Ailing Sept. 11 Responders
Touching From a Distance
That Which Survives 20 years later
2021 - 20 years later
Memories of Terror Return
Putin's Name Covered Over On Teardrop Memorial
The 9/11 Tribute Museum Closes
When Memories Fade Away
St. Nicholas at Ground Z is rebuilt
The Blue Wall of the Unidentified Victims
When Time Calls Your Name
When Art Gets It All Wrong

9/11 - The Blue Wall of the Unidentified Victims

Twenty-two years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the families who lost loved ones at the World Trade Center are still seeking to hold on to them one last time. For these families, who have yet to receive any remains of their loved ones, the closest they can get is this special space within the National September 11 Memorial & Museum known as the "Blue Wall".

In 2014 the remains of unidentified victims from the 2001 terror attack were moved to a new resting place. At that point the roughly 8,000 remains victims from the attacks had been in the custody of the Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) for all that time.

The remains are now kept behind that Blue Wall in an area off-limits to the public. The museum's website says the wall, which visitors are able to view within the museum, is inscribed with the following from the Roman poet Virgil: "No day shall erase you from the memory of time". Only medical examiners and families of victims are given access to the repository behind the wall.

Therein lies the remains of the unidentified victims (bone fragments, personal items, etc all small and some not in good condition), along with a room that only victims' families can access to pay their respects. It includes a window that looks on the rows of the cabinets that contain these remains.

While the museum's repository serves as a somber memorial ground for those families that have no physical proof that their loved ones perished on 9/11, the forensic team at OCME has been doing DNA testing of samples of those remains to try to make positive identifications in their lab in Manhattan. And even though the team said the task has been a daunting one for 21 years due to the sheer scope of work, they are still determined to give these families closure.

Each year only a few individuals are identified from the remains. As of Sept. 1, 2022 only 1,647, roughly 60%, of the total number of victims, have been identified, according to OCME. The last two recent identifications were made in 2022. There are 1,106 victims who still remain unidentified.

In the ABC TV news article from Sept 9, 2021
"Forensic Teams Look Back At 20-Year Mission To Identify World Trade Center Remains"
you can read all about the painstaking process the OCME had taken on