A Guide to Honoring 9/11 in Your Community

It’s been 20 years since 9/11. Every year, we take a moment to remember the bravery that took place on 9/11. There are countless ways that you can reflect and honor those who served, including visiting the memorials, donating, participating in runs and stair climbs, and spending the day with family.

  1. Visit the 9/11 Memorial plaza – September 11, 2001 Commemoration. Each year families of victims gather to read aloud the names of the 2,983 men, women, and children killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks and February 26, 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. The ceremony will be exclusively for 9/11 family members. If you are not able to attend, take a moment of silence in acknowledgment of the time each tower was struck and fell, the time the Pentagon was attacked, and the crash of Flight 93.
  2. Make a donation to The Never Forget Fund. The proceeds go towards the 9/11 Memorial and Museum’s efforts to ensure future generations never forget the lessons of 9/11.
  3. Join students and teachers in a free webinar to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Log in anytime Friday, September 10 or Saturday, September 11 from  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT. Hear personal stories from family members, first responders from the FDNY and PAPD, and a student who later joined the military.
  4. Join a 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb to honor the firefighters and first responders who climbed the 110 stories selflessly to save others. Use the map linked to find a stair climb near you. 
  5. 9/11 Heroes Run. The Travis Manion Foundation hosts races all over the country to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Find an event near you that’s on or near 9/11.
  6. Have a picnic with friends and/or family. As Rachel Pitts, the Customer Success Manager and a current Military Spouse, shared, remember those that sacrificed with your loved ones.
  7. Visit the Flight 93 Memorial. During the week leading up to Sept. 11, Flight 93 National Memorial will be hosting the “Witness to History” speaker series. The general public is invited and encouraged to attend to listen to aviation officials, memorial planners, local first responders, and crash scene investigators.

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