September 11, 2001, 20 years later
How did you find out about the tragedy? My brother called me and told me to turn on the TV. I’ve heard similar stories from many people. We were glued to the TV for hours. Most of us saw the second plane crash into the World Trade Center. And, we held our breath when we heard news about a second and third plane possibly crashing elsewhere.
The tragedy did not just leave scars on New York city and its residents, but in people around the world. A year later, I was in Glasgow, Scotland and I wondered what the statue in the town square represented, being covered in flowers. As I approached, I saw the signage said it was in memory of the people lost in 9/11.
WHAT CAN WE DO
What do we feel about the 3,000 lives lost…Anger? Hatred? Confusion? Fear? Or, do we turn it inward and worry about our family and friends? About the future of our nation… and world.
What we can do is never forget the law enforcement, firefighters and other public servants who saved lives, even as they risked their own. We hear about many of them suffering both PTSD and injuries and diseases, including cancer, years later.
We remember turning to our neighbors and friends and the sharing our stories and feelings. And, supporting each other. It fostered a moment of unprecedented unity. We can hold these memories in our hearts, and keep the spirits alive of those who risked their lives, and those innocents who perished.
DONATING TO CHARITIES
Over the years, a number of 9/11 emergency funds successfully achieved their missions and ended their operations, however, a handful of charities still remain today. The 3- and 4-star rated charities featured in a list at Charity Navigator shows nonprofits that are committed to raising money and distributing support to the families of those killed or injured on September 11, 2001, and the first responders who were affected.
You can support these charities in their continued efforts. You can donate in honor or loving memory of someone who was impacted by the attacks on September 11, 2001. CLICK HERE.
We often hear about the Memorial on the site of the Towers, but here’s a story about another memorial.
At the 9/11 Memorial Park in New York, there is “Survivor Tree”—a pear tree that was severely damaged and burned at Ground Zero and nursed back to health. Each year, the 9/11 Memorial gives seedlings from the Survivor Tree to three communities that have endured tragedy in recent years.
For example: In 2020,
==The Bahamas, devastated by Hurricane Dorian, which killed 70 people.
==Christchurch, New Zealand, the site of a mass shooting, which killed 51 people.
==Seedlings were also donated to five hospitals throughout New York City’s five boroughs in honor of the healthcare workers responding to the health crisis.
Steel from the World Trade Center was used in two 9/11 memorials in Denver back in 2011. This year, the Denver Fire Department and Denver International Airport dedicated a permanent 9/11 World Trade Center memorial at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 10, that features a mangled piece of steel from the Towers. The ceremony, which included placing wreaths at the site, was held at Fire House 35 – 25365 E. 75th Avenue, was dedicated to the victims of 9/11 and first responders.
Every year, firefighters, with full gear on their backs, climb 2,200 steps (the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center). 343 participants honor the 343 firefighters killed. Three climbs happen in the Denver Metro area on September 11, 2021.
One of the stair climbs will take place in Denver on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 1801 California Street, limited to just firefighters (some coming from other states).
And, the annual climb at Red Rocks Amphitheater happens on Saturday. The public can attend and do the climb, but must register. Each firefighter will have a photo of a deceased firefighter, plus contact information for the family. The Stair Climb is limited to just 1,200 participants. Register for the Stair Climb. If you’re unable to attend, you can still honor the FDNY firefighters by donating.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit and hosts events every year.
Here is a complete list of events and climbs happening in the state of Colorado, broken down by county: “Colorado-Newsline” including virtual events and television programs.