Commemorating 9/11 With Your Community

09/04/2018

Two weeks from now marks its 17th anniversary. It’s been 17 years since 9/11, where thousands of lives were lost. We all were deeply affected by its aftermath. Up to this day, only a little over 60% of the remains have been positively identified.

With that in mind, let us give a moment to dignify the people we have lost to the tragedy. Here are ways you can commemorate the lost lives, heroes, and surviving families with your community at home.

  • Raise your flag half-mast. It is in honor of the innocent lives lost.  We also give recognition to the service members who died or were wounded during the attack by raising the flag in honor.
  • Organize a community event in your neighborhood to observe the six moments of silence for each key event of the attacks – when American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower, when United Airlines Flight 175 struck the South Tower, when American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon, the collapse of the South Tower, when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and finally when the North Tower collapsed.
  • Share your experience with children or friends. Where were you when the towers collapsed? How old were you? How did you feel when that happened? Or, find information from reputable newspapers online about what happened.
  • Post an appropriate picture or remembrance on social media or your company’s website to show your solidarity with the many innocent victims.

9/11 is a world historic event. It has redefined our way of living in one way or another. But let us take this opportunity to ponder how to be a better citizen and honor that day and the lives lost and those still suffering.