Be Together On 9/11: HONOR. REMEMBER. REUNITE.
Today is 9/11 and we are reminded of our Freedoms and Liberties as Americans in the United States. Terrorists wanted to defeat us through heinous acts of violence but did not succeed. “Since 2002, September 11 has been celebrated as Patriot Day to honor the memory of the nearly 3,000 who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.” As a nation we take today to remember and reflect on those who lost their lives back 14 years ago. Presently, some soldiers might be deployed and we must remember it is to protect our great nation.
Wonderful Words of Wisdom:
“The attacks of September 11 were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified.” – Mayor Rudy Giuliani
“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn life is short and there is no time for hate.” – Sandy Dahl, wife of flight 93 pilot Jason
“What happened on September 11 comples us to focus on who we are as Americans, what we stand for, what really matters in our life – family, friends, faith and freedom.” – Bob Taft
Check out the interactive September 11 Memorial Timeline
There are many ways to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 in your community. Here are six ways you can honor and remember those who were fallen.
Observe moments of silence
Hold a general moment of silence, or observe multiple moments of silence on September 11 at the following times marking key moments on 9/11. As in years past, these moments will be observed as part of the official 9/11 anniversary ceremony held at the World Trade Center for victims’ families.
8:46 am: American Airlines Flight 11 strikes the North Tower (1 WTC)
9:03 am: United Airlines Flight 175 strikes the South Tower (2 WTC)
9:37 am: American Airlines Flight 77 strikes the Pentagon
9:59 am: South Tower (2 WTC) collapses
10:03 am: United Airlines Flight 93 crashes in Somerset County, PA
10:28 am: North Tower (1 WTC) collapses
Share reflections with family or friends
America pauses to remember the attacks of 9-11. Where were you when the World Trade Center was hit? How did you feel? What did you do for the rest of the day? Talking about your memories of what happened on 9/11 with family and friends can bring you closer together. Also, by talking about your memories you are honoring those who were lost in the attack.
Use Social Media to Spread the Word
We live in a very social digital age where videos or blog post can go viral in a matter of minutes depending on how my people like or view a post online. Why not take today as a day to spread the word about 9/11 and the importance of remembering history with the use of social media?
There are so many avenues to share American History. Are you planning a community event? Share the event and location on Facebook. Do you have pictures of you event? Add them to Instagram. Have a quick thought or picture you want to share? Tweet them on Twitter. Pinterest can be used to create a 9-11 memorial board. Pin your favorite inspirational quotes or share websites about 9-11 which can help you feel connected with others today.
Thank your local First Responder Agencies
Local first Responder and Agencies are on the ground a soon as a disaster strikes. Why not take some time and visit your local first Responder Agencies and thank them for all they do? This is a great way to give back and show thanks for those who protect others by putting themselves in harms way. Connect with your community and see what you can do get involved and volunteer.
Plan a visit to the 9/11 Memorial
Decide to make it a trip to visit the 9/11 Museum and Memorial in New York City to honor those fallen. Reconnect with you family and community while showing gratitude for those who put their live first before others.
We Will Never Forget!