Memories Of Sept. 11, Preserved And BrightThe StoryCorps oral history project hopes to collect at least one recording from the families of each of the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
As families who lost loved ones on Sept. 11, 2001, rebuild their lives, they've also found ways to commemorate those who died in the attacks. Nearly 800 conversations about the people who died that day have already been recorded in a program run by StoryCorps and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.
The project has the goal of collecting at least one recording from the families of each of the nearly 3,000 victims. Many of them tell their stories in StoryCorps booths; nearly 300 others have recorded their memories of that day in their hometowns.
The recordings about that day, destined for the World Trade Center Memorial Museum, are also being deposited at the Library of Congress. A selection of memories — about sons and fathers, and survival — is below:
Keith and Grete Meerholz
Keith and Grete Meerholz's Story
For Keith Meerholz, an insurance broker for Marsh & McLennan in the North Tower, Sept. 11, 2001, is a day he and his wife, Grete, recall with fear.
Meerholz was on an express elevator to his 100th-floor office when the first plane hit.