NEW YORK — Ten years have passed, but the events of Sept. 11, 2001 are with us still. We are a nation at war. We are striving to shape the best responses to continued threats. We want to honor the victims of that dreadful day and the sacrifices of our military.
“This anniversary is probably unprecedented in the number of activities memorializing the day,“ says Kevin Rozario, an American studies professor at Smith College and author of “The Culture of Calamity: Disaster and the Making of Modern America” (University of Chicago Press, 2007).
Nationwide, events as varied as the complex issues left in the wake of the attacks are planned, from concerts to prayer services to special museum exhibits. Moreover, 1 million Americans are expected to volunteer this weekend as part of an effort launched in 2002 to spread good after this disaster.
For many children, the anniversary will mark their first exposure to the events that happened in 2001. For parents and families, experts stress that this is an opportunity to help them understand this chapter of modern history without invoking fear.
Here is a look at how you can uncover what’s happening in your area and around the country, and some guidance on how you, your children, family and friends can participate in this important anniversary.
Many of the commemorative events are large-scale, involving commissioned artwork or exhibits of artifacts. The Mental Health Association of New York City created a website that lists anniversary events happening across the country. Visit www.9-11healingandremembrance.org for more info.
Local organizations everywhere have organized their own events, big and small. “We’ve heard anecdotally of many local [fire departments] teaming up with municipal governments and other local groups to prepare events,” says Tim Burn, spokesman for the International Association of Fire Fighters.