9.11 Tribute Movement | What will You Do to Remember 9/11?

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Though it may seem hard to believe, it's been 10 years since the September 11th attacks on America. In the days and weeks following that tragedy we struggled to find our way back to a sense of normalcy; a sense of security, of feeling safe in our homes and at work. We struggled to make sense -where there was none.  We found strength in unity.  We were united by our fears, our uncertainty and our concerns for one another, and through this unity we found that even in uncertain times we were not alone.

After the initial shock of the attack had weaned off a bit, it seemed that everywhere you went there were American flags flying and people showing a great compassion to friends and strangers alike.  Though the patriotism and unity that appeared after the attacks has faded over time, the things we felt in the aftermath will never be forgotten. It's because of this that I'd like to bring your attention to the 9/11 Tribute Movement, a campaign by MyGoodDeed Inc. and the HandsOn Network seeking to rekindle the unity and selflessness that arose in this country 10 years ago through service and remembrance.

One of the things that sets the 9/11 Tribute Movement apart from other remembrance movements is the fact that it is to be a day of service to others in addition to remembering the events of September 11, 2001.  This service is a key to restoring that sense of unity that we felt after the attacks; it is a personal tribute to the lives lost on that day that helps to improve the lives of others.  By combining remembrance and action the movement seeks to turn the tragedy of 10 years ago into a positive force in America and the world at large.

By visiting the movement's website, 911day.org, visitors can share how they plan to help others on September 11th by making an "I Will..." pledge or uploading a video.  Visitors to the site have pledged to do everything from helping literacy programs and cleaning up public land to volunteering for service organizations and sending care packages to deployed troops.  The site even offers the option of dedicating the service pledge to specific victims of the attacks and provides the necessary information for visitors to make their dedications.  Every service pledge, regardless of how big or small it is, can help improve the life of someone else and may just create a positive change in the world.

Those making service and acts of kindness pledges are encouraged to take pictures or videos of those who help them achieve their pledge goals, though of course these are optional.  The pledges, pictures and video clips created by those who take part in the movement's service pledge are combined on the site to create a digital "tribute quilt" that's viewable on the 9/11 Tribute Movement website.  There are over 5800 entries in the tribute quilt so far, and that number's growing with each pledge made.

Whatever you decide to do is entirely up to you. All that matters is it comes from your heart. Whether it's volunteering time, donating money to charities or performing any other kind of good deed --it all counts.

It really is an inspirational idea for remembering those who were lost in the attacks and everyone else who's suffered as a result.  By promoting kindness and using service to others on September 11th as a tool for honoring and remembering those who were lost, the 9/11 Tribute Movement lets their memories live on in the lives of those you touch. 

This could be a truly great opportunity to not only remember the enormity of the losses we suffered 10 years ago but also to rekindle the spirit and sense of unity and compassion that we saw in each other, the days following September 11th. What better way is there to send the message that we will not ever forget than to volunteer, help a family in need, donate to a charity or simply perform random acts of kindness and inspire others to pass it on?

Help make the 10th anniversary of 9.11 a historic day of service.

What will you do?

I will reflect and remember all those we lost, and pray that those left behind will find peace. I will pray for our wounded vets, our troops & their families and recognize the enormity of their sacrifices.  I will remember that freedom is never free.

Figure out what you will do and post your tribute at 911day.org or  Facebook.com/911day

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every year is tough to recall that moment in time but this year especially since the loss of my dad in February. I'll wake with a prayer in my heart for all those lost and a pray for strength for those who it still plays in their minds. A prayer of thanks next. A pray for insight on the mission those that remain must follow. A reflection of what happened during and after that dark day, a walk to see the skyline now and how it mergers with peace and strength. give my assistance to those in town share their stories at the elks lounge only today we bond as brothers and sisters in remembering the cowards that tainted our city and planes but never our pride nor our flag.
Today it waves with pride and glory as we pay our respects but smack evil in the face! God bless America is what ill be saying.

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