Remembering 9/11 – 20 Years Later

It’s been 20 years since the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001.  Here are some ways to honor and remember.

Massachusetts 9/11 Fund Events

Governor Charlie Baker and other state officials will honor victims who died at the World Trade Center in New York City, at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and in a field in rural Pennsylvania via a mix of pre-recorded and in-person events. You can watch starting at 8:30am on Saturday on the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund website.

The theme this year is resilience as we mark 20 years since the 9/11 attacks changed our lives forever. Ceremonies are taking place by invitation only at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. The live stream will also include pre-recorded events, including the annual wreath-laying at the Garden of Remembrance 9/11 Memorial in the Boston Public Garden.

They also share a new video, Portraits of Resilience, intimate stories from families about what they have done to honor their loved ones over the past 20 years. You can see it here! 

Mass Fallen Firefighters Memorial

At 4 p.m., the Massachusetts Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony will be held virtually and live streamed at mafirememorial.org/.

Give Blood

Join the American Red Cross, Boston Red Sox & Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for the Day of Remembrance Blood Drive at Fenway Park, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. All presenting donors can enjoy a cup of Legal Sea Foods chowder, a discounted tour of Fenway, and check out World Series trophies. Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org and use sponsor code: Fenway or call 1-800-RED CROSS to make an appointment.  You can learn more here. 

Be Kind

Whether it’s a simple simple to a stranger or thanking a first responder, remember to be open your hear and be kind.  Here are some suggestions of good deeds to do on 9/11 to inspire you! 

Here are some more ideas of acts of kindness! 

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Maureen Dahill

Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and Caught in Dot and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Hockey mom, yoga enthusiast, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.