An overview of the many events scheduled to commemorate Thursday, September 11, 2014, the thirteenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks involving the 2001 World Trade Center (WTC), the Pentagon, and Pennsylvania, confirms that the nation “will always remember.” That infamous day has indelibly and permanently marked the psyche of many people in this country and throughout the world. These ceremonies, projects, art works, and other remembrances commemorate not only the victims of the World Trade Center buildings (including those of the 1993 WTC attack), the Pentagon, the passengers and crew members in the hijacked airplanes, and the responders to the incident sites on 9/11 but also those men and women who “responded” to 9/11 as members of the military and those who have succumbed to or are fighting illnesses acquired as a result of their working at Ground Zero and other collapse-related sites.
Gratitude, unity, charity, service, compassion, community, resolve, and love of country—along with the promise “to never forget”–are only a few of those core character traits that arose from the smoke and ashes of 9/11 and consumed Americans and citizens of many countries. What makes an impre4ssion is that from the beginning, the sponsors/organizers of these commemorative activities were staunch in their determination to “remember in perpetuity.” These events were to be annual events and, in some cases, year-round projects.
Among the year-round commemorations, is Clarksville-Montgomery County (TN) 9/11 Days of Service Project. Its rationale is, “Our nation’s extraordinary response to the September 11 tragedy demonstrated that compassion for those in need is a very powerful and unifying force.” Citizens and groups plan service projects in their community to “reignite that same feeling of service on the anniversary of the attacks.” Teachers, mentors, and other educators can access lesson plans, videos, photos, and tool kits at either 911day.org or at http://www.Scholastic.com/911day to help provide constructive lessons on the events of September 11, engage students in this important topic, and encourage them to participate in 9/11 service projects. All groups and individuals from across the community are encouraged to register their 9/11 service project plans so that they are added to Clarksville-Montgomery County’s database. Visit www.volunteerclarksville.volunteerhub.com to find existing volunteer opportunities.
• Sunday, September 7. CROWNING NEW YORK, a one-hour special, premiered Sunday, September 7, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel. It focuses on the engineering and construction feats that define One World Trade Center, particularly placement of the 40-story, 758-ton spire on top of the 104-story building. Smithsonian Channel and its production partner, New York City-based Pulse3TV, used a helicopter, helmet cams, and GoPro cameras to film the installation. It is produced by Pulse3TV: Vincent Kralyevich, executive producer, and Paul McGuire, producer/director. Executive producers for Smithsonian Channel are David Royle and Charles Poe. http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Smithsonian-Channel-to-Air-One-Hour-Special-CROWNING-NEW-YORK-Re-Building-of-One-World-Trade-Center-97-20140820
Editor’s Note: I viewed this program. It was inspiring and informative. Keep an eye on your TV listings. If you see it scheduled, try not to miss it.
• Monday, September 8. A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY, 9 p.m., HBO. Steve Buscemi, actor and a former FDNY firefighter, produced the firm and also performs in it. http://theinterrobang.com/steve-buscemi/
It was directed by Liz Garbus. The film offers an inside look at being a firefighter in New York City. In addition to interviews of firefighters, the film contains fire scene footage and photos that depict the stresses and hazards of firefighting in New York City and other urban areas.
The Rescue Remembrance Project was created by firefighters to restore and preserve Fire Department of New York Rescues 4 and 5, which were damaged when the WTC buildings collapsed. A traveling memorial to those who were lost on 9/11, Rescue 4 now serves as a mobile memorial to educate, honor, and remember the events of 9/11 and the 343 firefighters, 23 police officers, and 45 Port Authority personnel killed as they tried to rescue those trapped in the collapsing WTC. It was on display in the Newport News, Virginia, area the first week in September. Rescue 5 is currently hosted by the Los Angeles (CA) Fire Department.
Also in the “ongoing” category is stair climbs, which are held throughout the country, including at the Fire Department Instructors Conference in Indianapolis and foundations that award scholarships to children of 9/11 victims and to responders who have gone “above and beyond,”
exemplifying extraordinary courage in the execution of their duties. The Ray Downey Courage and Valor Foundation, established by PennWell Corp. in honor of Ray Downey of the Fire Department of New York, who perished in the collapse of the WTC on 9/11, is an example, as is The Carson City, Nev.-based Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by President and Pilot Darryl Fisher, AADF president and founder. It is built on the philosophy of “Giving Back to Those Who Have Given.” Its primary focus is on veterans living in long-term-care communities; three planes take elderly and disabled veterans on flights around the country. The program receives support from corporate and other sponsors.
Following is a partial list of some of the commemorative events for this year’s commemoration. Some were held prior to September 11. (Features of monument and memorials established as a tribute to those who perished on 9/11 are included, where they are available, as another indication of the “permanence” of the memory of 9/11. If you would like to share a special “Never Forget 9/11” event in which your organization/department participates, please send the information to me at email@example.com. We would also welcome videos of these events.
MARY JANE DITTMAR is senior associate editor of Fire Engineering and conference manager of FDIC. Before joining the magazine in January 1991, she served as editor of a trade magazine in the health/nutrition market and held various positions in the educational and medical advertising fields. She has a bachelorâÂÂÂÂs degree in English/journalism and a masterâÂÂÂÂs degree in communication arts.