Description Metal memorial bracelet, in black, created in memory of Thomas J. Ashton. The bracelet is printed with text: "In loving memory | Thomas Ashton | 12/06/1979 - 09/11/2001."
Historical Notes Born on Long Island, Thomas Ashton lived in Woodside, Queens, with his parents and two sisters. In high school, Thomas played several sports and was captain of the swim team. He worked as a union apprentice electrician for Denino Electric while finishing his college degree. September 11 was his second day on an assignment at the Marsh & McLennan offices, on the North Tower’s 95th floor. He was 21 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