September 11, 2001: a day in history we would rather forget, but will always remember. The day is considerably more haunting, more emotional for those who assisted in the rescue and recovery efforts, or lost friends, colleagues, and family members (some may have experienced both).
How do we mark the day, 11 years later? How can we continue to honor every person touched by that day?
One possibility is to take action and “join the 9/11 movement” by participating in 9/11 Day.
Watch and learn:
“Remember by doing” are the words that caught me in this video. I love the practical, purposeful approach to transforming a day of destruction into a day of doing good, whether it’s as simple as “I will kiss my wife” to “I will find a way to help someone become more literate.”
Join the movement, share your “I will” or find out more about this day of service at 911day.org.
If you prefer to participate in a virtual way, consider this collection of 9/11 memorial sites:
- With 413,000 likes, the Never Forget 9/11 Facebook page, founded by Richard Karns, is “the largest and most interactive online memorial for 9/11.
- Maybe your children or grandchildren were too young to remember the details but now are curious about just what happened on September 11, 2001. Walk through these interactive, multimedia timelines, starting at 5:45am and continuing through 8:30pm, together.
- The Voices of September 11th & 9/ll Living Memorial site is an “online interactive tribute commemorating and preserving the stories” from that day. Review the family tributes, create your own, learn about the survivors, read reflections, and more.
- View Memorial Sites for members of the New York City Fire Department at this site (you can explore them by rank: chaplain, captain, lieutenant, fire marshal, firefighter and paramedic), sponsored by NYC.gov.
- Launched last year for the 10th anniversary, this Facebook app allows you to “donate” your profile picture and status to the cause:
Your turn: How do you mark the anniversary of September 11 in your home? What is your most striking memory of that day?