Historical Notes New Jersey native Joao Aguiar was born in Red Bank and lived in Hoboken. His passions included sailing catamarans and riding horses. His girlfriend, Lisa, owned a horse farm, and Joao planned to move in with her in 2001. An investment banker at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Joao worked on the South Tower’s 88th floor. On September 11, he was seen on the 76th floor attempting to evacuate. Joao was 30 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