Observing the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance
You and your family should observe The 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance in a way that feels right for you.
Kids and teens might not remember or have been around on September 11, 2001. It's important to talk about why this day is different from other days and why it is a day of service. You might want to talk about how:
- Serving others brings people together.
- Serving others helps people heal and feel good inside.
- Serving others is a positive way to honor people who have died or made sacrifices.
- Service is a tradition in the United States and might also be a tradition in your family, religion, or culture.
- Many people serve others each day, such as firefighters, EMTs and police officers. This is a good time to remember the work they do and thank them for it.
Remember to encourage your children to ask questions and share their feelings. Their reactions to this conversation might vary greatly and that's okay. Help your children understand each other's feelings and channel them into positive actions.
How your family serves on this day is also up to you. It's an opportune time to recognize first responders and service members, but there are so many ways to give back to your community. To find the project that's right for your family, check out:
- Our family-friendly service projects.
- Our Thank-You Art project for kids.
- Our Youth Advisory Council’s On-The-Ground 9/11 Projects created by teens.
- The 9/11 Day Movement.