The 20th anniversary of September 11 is a milestone for the families, friends, and colleagues of the nearly 3,000 loved ones lost on that day. To many, is a day they shall never forget—but as two decades have gone by, some generations are just learning about this tragic day in US history. On September 11, now observed as Patriot Day, we take the opportunity to commemorate those who we lost and give thanks to the brave first responders who put their lives on the line.
Here are a few ways you and your loved ones can show your respect on Patriot Day:
Talk to Your Child
As a parent or guardian, we know it's never your intention to protect your child from any topics that you feel may trigger anxiety or stress. However, with access to the internet just a few clicks away, curious children might go looking on their own and stumble onto a variety of articles, blogs, or videos with contradicting details or misinformation. That's why we encourage you to be receptive if your child brings up the events of September 11 and asks you about what happened. For ways on how you can prepare to answer questions, read this helpful article by the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
Take a Moment of Silence
The morning of September 11, 2001, seemed like an ordinary day for the average person—but throughout the course of mere minutes, our country witnessed tragedies that changed history. Each year since then, there has been a collective call for six minutes of silence starting at 8:46 am in order to honor all of the Americans who lost their lives. These six minutes specifically acknowledge when the World Trade Center towers were struck, corresponds to the attack on the Pentagon, and the crash of Flight 93.
Find Comfort in God
If you're someone who finds comfort in your spirituality, we encourage you to meditate with the following verses from the Bible. You can also submit a prayer on our virtual prayer wall.
- Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, or the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
- Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
- Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:3-6)
Support Your Neighbors
Despite the fact that Patriot Day commemorates an event that happened across the country, one way you can honor the first responders and volunteers is by sharing in their dedication to service and extending a helping hand. Consider signing up to become a volunteer at the Y and learn about ways you can make an impact in your own community.