THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
Next week, Friday September 11, marks the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the US. Like many other annual days of commemoration, 9/11 Day is being affected in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the organization behind 9/11 Day have introduced digital tools to help Americans mark the occasion, and support charity, from the safety of their home.
Unveiling the digital tools, David Paine, president and co-founder of 9/11 Day, explained: "Each year on the anniversary of 9/11, tens of millions of Americans have traditionally participated in 9/11 Day by volunteering or engaging in other in-person service activities ... Because of COVID-19, we recognized the need to provide creative, virtual ways for Americans to continue to transform the anniversary of 9/11 from a day of tragedy into a day of doing good, and keep the solemn promise to 'never forget.'"
Jay S. Winuk, co-founder of 9/11 Day and a 9/11 family member, went on to say: "One of our goals, shared by many other 9/11 family members, is to ensure that our personal and the nation's loss results in positive expressions of service that honor the innocent souls killed and injured on 9/11 ... That's much of what the 9/11 Day observance and this new resource are all about - to help generate countless acts of kindness in honor of our loved ones, one good deed at a time."
One of the main features of the website, 911day.org, for 2020 will be ideas for 11 ways to do good deeds. The focus is on remembering 9/11 through good deeds and positive action today. As part of the campaign, 9/11 Day organizers are asking for both Presidential candidates to suspend their campaigning on the day itself.
An event at the 9/11 Memorial Garden in Grosvenor Square, London, is usually held on the day, although this year's event is likely to be affected by the pandemic. We'll let you know more details when we hear them.
For more details on the 9/11 Day commemorations, go to 911day.org.