Description Metal memorial bracelet created in memory of Joel Miller. The bracelet is engraved: "Our Hero | Joel Miller | 9-11-01 WTC." A small American flag is printed on the left of the name.
Historical Notes Brooklyn native Joel Miller lived in Baldwin, on Long Island, with his wife, Marjorie. Both widowed, they married in 1997 and made a home with his son and her two sons. Joel played poker weekly with friends from his synagogue. He was an assistant vice president and disaster recovery technology specialist at Marsh & McLennan. On September 11, Joel was on the North Tower’s 97th floor. He was 55 years old.
Curator's Comment Building on a tradition begun during the Vietnam War era to remember American prisoners of war and those missing in action, bracelets bearing the names of victims emerged after 9/11 as a way to honor those killed in the attacks. Some bracelets also bear personal inscriptions and images, including the American flag, the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, and insignia reflecting a victim’s status as a first responder. Whether worn by relatives and friends of the victim or by empathetic strangers, 9/11 memorial bracelets created an intimate connection to individual victims while also communicating a shared sense of loss and compassion. HIDE