There will be ceremonies around the nation remembering Sept. 11 on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, with the remembrances at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., getting the most attention.
Whether or not you're planning to tune into coverage of the remembrances, if you're looking for a different way to honor the victims of the attacks, there are plenty of things you can do. Local events are being planned around the U.S., and other options are available online.
One group has promoted community service and good deeds to honor the people who lost their lives on Sept. 11, and organizers hope this year's anniversary will be the largest day of service in United States history.
Created in memory of one founder's brother who died in the attacks after rushing into one of the Twin Towers to help victims, nonprofit group MyGoodDeed (formerly One Day's Pay) has helped promote the idea of serving others on the anniversary of the attacks over the past 10 years. Those efforts helped Sept. 11 become the official National Day of Service and Remembrance in 2009.The idea is simple: Honor the lives lost on 9/11 by supporting charitable causes, volunteering or doing good deeds. The event's website offers resources to help people find volunteer opportunities, discover causes to support or share volunteer projects they're planning, then invites participants to share their pledge to do good. Visit the event's site at 911dayofservice.org for more information.
More than 300 charities popped up in the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11, according to USA Today. While many of those charities have since closed their doors, there are still plenty out there.
Charities that are still active have a wide variety of long-term missions related to the aftermath of Sept. 11. Some are focused on families, offering support networks, mental health assistance and scholarships. Others focus on creating and maintaining memorials. Still others have missions like helping widows of terrorism around the world, advocating for proper burials for 9/11 victims or campaigning for safer skyscrapers.
Nonprofit group Voices of September 11 has a list of active charities to comb through on its website. For tips on checking out a charity's financial information before committing money, try visiting www.charitynavigator.org, which has also rated some of the larger Sept. 11 groups.
Visit An Online Memorial
If you're interested in visiting a memorial at one of the attack sites but won't be able to make it there any time soon, try visiting an online memorial instead.
The National September 11 Memorial and Museum has an online component, located at makehistory.national911memorial.org, that compiles written stories, audio, videos and photos from people who experienced the attacks in New York and around. Visitors can go through the day as events unfolded with an interactive timeline, bring up stories by clicking locations on a map or use the site's search function to find stories.
Voices of September 11 has also gathered stories, tributes and photos for its online memorial, located at www.911livingmemorial.org. The site also includes photos and descriptions of physical Sept. 11 memorials constructed around the country.
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