Description Metal memorial bracelet created in memory of John A. Candela. The bracelet is engraved: "John A. Candela | WTC."
Historical Notes Born in East Orange, New Jersey, John Candela lived in Glen Ridge with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children. He drove a silver Mustang convertible that friends said typified his fun-loving spirit. On September 11, John, a senior trader at Cantor Fitzgerald, was at work on the North Tower’s 104th floor. He was 42 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