Sharing memories, no matter how painful, can be cathartic. That's why Mary Fetchet, who lost her 24-year-old son, Brad, at the World Trade Center, founded a program to provide support services for victims' families, rescue workers and survivors (voicesofseptember11.org). In 2006 it launched the Living Memorial project, an online tribute where friends and relatives of the dead tell stories and share keepsakes like photos, artwork and quilts, all of which are scanned and stored in a digital archive. More than 10,000 individuals have participated and 60,000 images have been collected. The material will eventually be transferred to the museum at Ground Zero. "We focus on the person's life, not death," says Mary, 50, who lives in New Canaan, Connecticut. "Ultimately, this is a testament to resilience and survival."Remember Me Rose Garden
Sue Casey, 60, of Portland, Oregon, had never been to the East Coast, but was deeply touched by the events of 9/11. Inspired by her hometown's nickname, the City of Roses, she founded a nonprofit with the goal of creating three gardens—in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. To raise funds, Remember Me has selected 11 rose varieties and named each for a group of people who perished ("Firefighter" is a red hybrid tea rose, and "Soaring Spirits" a pink and yellow striped variety that honors the victims who worked in the towers). Visitors can go to remember-me-rose.org and purchase the blooms, and a portion of sales is donated to the group. The first garden, at Shanksville, will be completed in 2015. "These places will be a kind of sanctuary," says Sue. "We hope that by seeing the beauty of the roses, people will feel uplifted and renewed."Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation
To his nine siblings, firefighter Michael Lynch was a brave, beloved brother—and a genuine hero who sacrificed his life trying to save others at the World Trade Center. "We thought scholarships for children of firefighters and other victims of the attacks would be a good way to preserve his memory," says his brother John. Raising funds though donations, golf tournaments, dinners and corporate grants, the group (mlynch.org) has given over $1.6 million to 75 students.