Description Metal memorial bracelet created in memory of Edward James White III and left at the 9/11 Memorial. The bracelet is engraved: "Edward White | 9-11-01 FDNY." A small American flag is printed to the left of the name.
Historical Notes Native New Yorker Edward White lived in Woodside, Queens, with his wife, Jennifer, and their one-year-old daughter. Edward enjoyed playing football and participated in fantasy sports leagues. He was an FDNY firefighter assigned to Engine Company 230. On September 11, Firefighter White responded to the World Trade Center with his unit. He 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