Seventeen years ago today, the world looked on in horror as the World Trade Center, The Pentagon and United Flight 93 fell victim to the largest terrorist attack ever to take place on American soil. Today, while we as a nation still bear the terrible emotional scars of this tragedy, we reflect on the precious lives lost and the best ways in which we can memorialize them and the events that took place on that fateful day in September 2001. Here are a few simple things you can do to commemorate 9/11.
- Many local communities have erected memorials to honor those lost on 9/11. Find the one closest to you and participate in a vigil or candle-lighting ceremony to remember the victims, first-responders, military and civilians who were affected by the day’s events.
- Fly your flag at half-staff to remember the precious lives lost. If you are flying your flag on a shorter pole that doesn’t enable you to fly it at half-staff, attach a mourning bow to the top of the pole to show your respect.
- There are countless charities and events, like 5k runs or stair climbs, that support the families of those who lost their lives on 9/11 or as a result of 9/11-related illnesses. Participate and donate! Any money raised goes a long way toward easing the pain these families carry with them.
- September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance promotes community service on 9/11 as a an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks. Find a volunteer opportunity today.
- Share your memories of 9/11 with your loved ones and talk to your children about the events that took place. Reflect and practice gratitude for the selfless acts of heroism, bravery and compassion that were on display by citizens, law enforcement, firefighters, and service members.