Description Metal memorial bracelet created in memory of Billy Scoop Esposito. The bracelet is engraved: "William Esposito | 9-11-01 WTC." A small American flag is printed to the left of the name.
Historical Notes Brooklyn native Billy Esposito was 10 when he met his future wife, Stephanie, during a lakeside vacation. The two married 13 years later, settled in Bellmore, Long Island, and raised a son and daughter with whom they continued the tradition of family vacations. Billy was a vice president and partner at Cantor Fitzgerald. On September 11, he was at work on the North Tower’s 104th floor. He was 51 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