Description Metal memorial bracelet created in memory of David Gustaf Peter Tengelin. The bracelet is engraved: "David Tengelin | WTC."
Historical Notes Born in Göteborg, Sweden, David Tengelin came to the United States to attend college in Arizona. After graduating in 1999, he moved to New York City and settled in Manhattan. David enjoyed watching movies and plays in the city’s parks and playing soccer in a local league. On September 11, he was at work on the North Tower’s 100th floor at Marsh & McLennan, where he was an accountant. David was 25 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