Description Orange and yellow rubber memorial bracelet created in memory of Christine Johanna Barbuto. The bracelet is debossed on the outside with text: "Christine J Barbuto 1968-2001."
Historical Notes Born in Peabody, Massachusetts, Christine Barbuto lived in Brookline. From childhood, she was known for her sense of humor and practical jokes. With the merchandising degree she earned in college, Christine became a buyer for TJX Companies in Framingham, Massachusetts. On September 11, she boarded Flight 11 with six coworkers, en route to Los Angeles for a buying trip. Christine was 32 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