Description Metal memorial bracelet created in memory of Michael E. Roberts. The bracelet is engraved: "FF Michael Roberts | 9-11-01 FDNY Engine 214." A small American flag is printed to the left of the name.
Historical Notes Brooklyn-born Michael Roberts lived in Roxbury in Queens. Michael, who was single, often volunteered to cover holiday shifts at FDNY Engine Company 214 so fellow firefighters could be with their families. Michael’s badge number was 6611—the number carried by his father and an uncle before him. On September 11, Firefighter Roberts responded to the Twin Towers. He was 31 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