Description Wooden urn with "09-11-01" engraved on the front. The urn came in a blue velvet bag and was given to the family of Joel Miller.
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 The scale and nature of destruction made it difficult and, in the case of the World Trade Center and Pentagon, impossible to recover and identify all who were killed there. Some families acknowledged their losses with memorial services, even when they had received no remains. Over time, as fragmented remains were found and identified at Ground Zero, some victims’ families faced the need for multiple funerals. Memorial services and funerals continued for years.
Urns like this one were filled with earth from the vicinity of the World Trade Center site and given to family members of the World Trade Center victims. HIDE