As the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, individuals and communities prepare to observe the occasion in a variety of ways.
Different communities have different ways of marking the anniversary. Communities in various countries around the world observe it with moments of silence, laying of flowers, tree planting ceremonies and climbing stairs. Those communities that were impacted directly, Washington DC, New York City and Stoystown, PA, have their own special ceremonies. Other communities in the United States observe the occasion in their own special ways.
For the past two years, Nashville, TN has hosted a 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. This year firefighters from Nashville and surrounding communities will observe the anniversary by holding what will now be the 3rd annual stair climb. The event will take place on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower in Downtown, Nashville. The stair climb is their way of honoring the 343 FDNY firefighters who lost their lives in the Twin Towers. A total of 343 area firefighters will participate and will walk 110 flights of stairs.
Firefighters participating in the Nashville 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb observe a moment of silence for the FDNY firefighters that lost their lives on Sept. 11th.
Atlanta, Panama City, New York City, Kansas City and San Diego are just a few of the other cities around the country that will also hold a 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.
The Herald Online reports that the New York Blood Center (NYBC) will honor the blood donors who "gave the gift of life" immediately following the terrorist attacks. The report quotes NYBC's Rob Purvis as saying "We'll all be taking a moment on September 11 to reflect on the thousands of lives we've saved because of the selfless generosity of our donors."
As part of Detroit's 9/11 observance ceremonies, rhythm-and-blues star Thornetta Davis will sing the national anthem at 11 a.m. on Tuesday as city and law enforcement officials gather at Campus Martius to remember those that lost their lives in the attacks. A Patriot’s Day Observance is also planned for 6 p.m. and will include a wreath laying ceremony and flag display by Piquette Square’s honor guard of retired veterans.
Motorcyclists enter Washington DC as part of the America's 9/11 Ride
Motorcyclists from across the country will take part in the America’s 9/11 Ride. The event has been held for the past 11 years. Groups of riders will be leaving from many different places across the country including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and New York to take part in the annual event. Ted Sjurseth, president and founder of the America’s 9/11, told Three Villages Times“In 2000 my wife and I were riding across Tennessee and Alabama along the Cherokee Death Trail. In 2001 while we were there, we heard about September 11th and we [organized] a bunch of bikers from the New York City area to start it.”
Many individuals and families have their own ways of observing the anniversary of September 11th as well. Some go to church and light a candle. Some gather the entire family together for a special evening meal and "family time" together. Each person has their own unique way for remembering. Jane Collette said she plans on commemorating the day by "praying for all of the families that were affected that day and to pray for our military. We won't forget - we can't and shouldn't ever because of the sacrifices being made." Virginia Thornhill stated she would mark the occasion quietly by "taking time to reflect and remember all those that died on that horrible day." She went on to say she still can not watch archived footage of the attacks or even watch documentaries because it brings back too many bad memories. Sherri Bishop said she planned on having friends over for a cookout and prayer service "to remember all those who lost their lives or lost a loved one and who are still deeply impacted by events of that tragic day."