9/11: Never Forget. That is the message being advocated today through social media and through emotional remembrances across the country.
Few people reading this post — apart from those who were too young on 9/11 for the day to have made an impression — will ever forget what they were doing that morning 14 years ago, when the nation was shaken to its very core by a coordinated series of terrorist attacks.
But, remembering 9/11 goes beyond the facts of what we were doing and where we were when we heard about the tragedy. Some 3,000 people died that day, and in the ensuing days emerged remarkable stories of heroism, grief, and loss. And it’s those stories that families and survivors of 9/11 want us never to forget.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 11, 2015
In New York, a crowd of about 1,000 people gathered near the site of the World Trade Center for what MSN describes as “a tradition of tolling bells, moments of silence and the reading of the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed.” Tom Acquaviva, who lost his son, Paul Acquaviva, on 9/11, says that he will be at the site every year for as long as he’s able.
“We come every year. The crowds get smaller, but we want to be here. As long as I’m breathing, I’ll be here,”
Meanwhile, over in Shanksville, Pennsylvania — the western Pennsylvania town where United Flight 93 crashed after passengers took over the doomed plane from hijackers — a small crowd braved chilly rain to observe the day, according to Fox News. At the Pentagon, families of the victims of the Pentagon attack, along with current Pentagon employees, will be joined by Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter for a memorial service.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 11, 2015
Americans who can’t attend 9/11 events have taken to using social media to share in the experience. The Facebook page Never Forget 9/11 has generated over 459,000 “Likes” as of this post. On Twitter, the hashtag #neverforget became a trending topic Friday morning.
How do you intend to remember 9/11? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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