5 Ways to Honor the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Saturday, September 11th, 2021 will mark the 20th anniversary of the tragic events that took place in New York City, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania. While it is important to Never Forget the incidents that occurred, there are many ways to honor the lives of those lost through volunteering, participating in local events, and more.

Here are 5 ways to pay tribute and honor the bravery of those lost on September 11th, 2001.

1. Hold a memorial or have a Moment of Silence

Take a moment to remember the lives lost on September 11th, 2001. Join the 9/11 Memorial by observing a moment of silence to remember those lost 20 years ago at any or all of these times:

  • 8:46 am
  • 9:03 am
  • 9:37 am
  • 9:59 am
  • 10:03 am
  • 10:28 am

2. Join a Stair Climb

Join the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to honor the 343 New York City firefighters who died saving others in the World Trade Center in a stair climb event. Every year, participants climb 110 flights of stairs (equivalent to the highest point of the World Trade Center) to honor their bravery and sacrifice. While most Stair Climbs are for firefighters and first responders, there are events that allow locals to participate as well.

For more information or to register as a virtual climber click here.

3. 9/11 Heroes Run

Run to remember so future generations don’t forget” – Travis Manion Foundation.

The 9/11 Heroes Run unites communities with the goal to never forget the sacrifices of the heroes who came to aid thousands of Americans in New York City, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania. Register for an in-person race or participate virtually here.

4. Volunteer / Take Action

There are many ways to volunteer and help those in need suffering from PTSD, loss, and more.

  • Sign up to donate blood – Many Red Cross divisions are hosting blood drives to commemorate the anniversary. Each donation can save up to 3 lives. To donate blood visit the Red Cross website.
  • Volunteer with your local Medical Reserve Corps to help in future disasters. Click here for more information.
  • Shine a light – Do a good deed. 911Day.org encourages everyone to pay tribute to the event by sharing one act of kindness, charity, or service.
  • Support the ongoing mental health needs of first responders – There are still many first responders suffering from physical and emotional exposures associated with the 9/11 attacks. To raise awareness for the ongoing mental health needs, The Quell Foundation is sponsoring a 5-day bike ride from the World Trade Center to the Pentagon. While the ride has already begun, you can support the foundation by purchasing Ride of Hope gear or cycling in your own neighborhood to raise awareness. Visit The Quell Foundation for more information.

5. Never forget – Educate yourself and those around you

  • Watch documentaries
    • 9/11: One Day in America – available on Hulu or Disney+
    • Memory Box: Echoes of 9/11 – available on NBC Peacock
    • Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror – available on Netflix
  • Read and reflect – Read about the events that occurred and take a moment to reflect.
  • Visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s website for resources on public programs, online programs, resources for students and teachers, youth and families, and more at 911memorial.org.

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