September 11th Memorial Tattoos

September 11th Memorial Tattoos :
Brian Branco is not a tattoo type of a guy. The 50-year-old technology consultant normally wouldn’t have wanted someone to pierce ink into his skin. Yet each upper arm is marked with prominent images that include the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, as well as the number 93 to symbolize the hijacked Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pa., and the 1993 World Trade Center attack.

His ink includes the words “Never Forget,” the phrase “No day shall erase you from the memory of time,” and the names Bob, Jill and Steve. Those are his colleagues who died when the towers crumbled. “These tattoos are special,” says Branco, who was with five co-workers in their 78th-floor office the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. He and one other survived.

“I would have never gotten any tattoos if it wasn’t for September 11 and may need to keep the memory alive of my friends who died that day,” he says. “Never Forget” is the mantra of many affected by those terrorist attacks — and Branco is among the scores of people who have done just that by putting a permanent reminder on their skin.

Broken hearts, eagles, the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, American flags and the names of the deceased are among the wide array of tattoos that mark that day. Some are small, such as a delicate “never forget” written in tiny script on a wrist of survivor Evelyn Lugo. Others are bold designs covering large swaths of skin.

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