Description Metal memorial bracelet created in memory of Michael J. Clarke. The bracelet is engraved: "Michael Clarke FDNY" followed by a small image of an American flag. The inside of the bracelet is engraved "American Hero 9-11-01."
Historical Notes Brooklyn-born Michael Clarke lived in Prince’s Bay on Staten Island. A competitive hockey goaltender since he was a teenager, Michael helped coach a high school team on weekends. He also spent time with his girlfriend, Lori, and liked to hunt and fish. Michael joined the FDNY in 1998. On September 11, Firefighter Clarke responded to the World Trade Center with Ladder Company 2. He was 27 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