Description Metal memorial bracelet created in memory of Michael Gregory McGinty. The bracelet is engraved: "Michael G. McGinty | WTC."
Historical Notes Wichita Falls, Texas, native Michael McGinty lived in Foxboro, Massachusetts, with his wife, Cynthia, and their two sons. Michael spent Sundays going to church and barbecuing. He had served in the U.S. Navy, earning the rank of lieutenant commander. On September 11, Michael, a Marsh & McLennan senior vice president, was at a meeting at his firm’s offices on the North Tower’s 99th 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