Today, we remember the loved ones we lost on that horribly tragic morning 13 years ago. If you’re old enough, then you most-likely recall exactly where you were and what you were doing the moment you found out what had happened on September 11, 2001. When a wound leaves such a nasty scar, you don’t forget about it.
I still remember where I was when I first heard about what was happening. The majority of Americans didn’t necessarily know the people who died that day, but it still hurts because it happened to our country.
Whether you knew them or not, today is a day to remember those who were killed. There are many ways that communities and individuals can demonstrate their remembrance. Here are a few ideas on how you can play a role in memorializing the victims of 9/11:
- Take Time to Observe a moment of silence. Setting a little time aside during the school day or even just alone in your room can be very helpful to all participants. With silence comes peace. The official 9/11 anniversary ceremony at the Ground Zero site where the Twin Towers once stood observes moments of silence at the times of the attacks.
- Toll the Bells. Ringing bells in your community at 8:46 a.m. (the time of the first attack) is a simple reminder to everyone in your local area.
- Fly the Flag at Half-Staff. Flags are flown at half-staff to commemorate the deaths of ranking officers and national crises.
- Speak the Names of the Victims. You can download a list of the names of those who were killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The length of this list is horrifying and daunting, but it’s important that these names are remembered.
- Honoring the Heroes. The most positive light we can take from the anniversary of this national tragedy is the response we had, the unity that arose from out of the aftermath, and the bravery of those first responders! Thank you.
Whatever way you decide to remember this unfortunate anniversary, all of us at Everything Summer Camp are proud to commemorate and honor with the rest of our country.