Description Elastic beaded bracelet created in memory of CeCelia E. Richard. The bracelet includes six charm beads with inset color photographs depicting CeCelia. The center bead includes text: "Cecelia E. Lawson | June 2, 1960 | September 11, 2001."
Historical Notes Washington, D.C. native CeCelia Richard lived in Fort Washington, Maryland, with her husband, Michael. A Washington Redskins football fan, she worked as an usher at the team’s stadium on home game days. CeCelia was also employed as an accounting technician for the U.S. Army. On September 11, she was at her office in the Pentagon. She was 41 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