Sunday, Sept. 11 will mark 15 years since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 claimed nearly 3,000 lives. Few events are as indelibly inked upon our minds as the events of 9/11. No matter where you were or what you were doing on that fateful day, chances are you remember it vividly. There is no doubt that the events of 9/11 changed our nation and our industry.
This week, we remember and honor those who lost their lives at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, those on board American Flight 11, American Flight 77, United Flight 93 and United Flight 175, as well as the first responders and the many heroes whose first thoughts were not of themselves, but of others. We are grateful for all them and for all who continue to work to preserve our freedoms. Following are just a few ways you can honor and pay tribute this week:
- FLY your flag at half-staff for the 2,996 innocent human beings and 11 unborn babies who lost their lives, as well as the service members who died or were wounded in Operation Enduring Freedom.
- TAP into the love of country that flows through your veins. Give blood to the Red Cross to show solidarity with the more than 6,000 injured on that day.
- SHARE your memories of the attacks with loved ones and friends.
- POST an appropriate picture or remembrance on social media to show your solidarity with the many innocent victims.
- PARTICIPATE in a local 9/11 Stair Climb to show gratitude and understanding for the grueling conditions our first responders perform under in the line of duty.
- VISIT a local 9/11 memorial in your area, or one of the year-round memorials in Manhattan, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
- VOLUNTEER through one of the many non-profit organizations dedicated to preserving September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.
- DONATE to a charity that supports the families of 9/11 victims, museums, and other beneficial programs.