The events of September 11, 2001 will forever be remembered as one of our nation's greatest tragedies. Many Americans were left in shock and fear that the country people believed to be safe and free could be vulnerable to attacks from those who do not respect America's values. And though the country continues to grieve for lives that were lost, our nation remains determined and strong. If you are looking for a way to honor the anniversary of the tragic attack on our country with your family, there are things you can do with your kids to honor September 11.
Though your kids may not have been born when the attacks took place, it is important for them to learn about what happened on that day and how our lives were impacted in an age appropriate manner. If you can't make the trip to visit one of the memorial sites, you can read a book or write a thank you letter to a police officer or service member right in your own home. September 11 has also been declared a National Day of Service, making it a great reason to find a way for your family to volunteer to help those in need together.
The 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on this country is a great time to start a tradition with your family that continues to keep those who lost their lives close to your heart.
The Corporation For National and Community service noted that September 11 is a National Day of Service and Remembrance, so why not look for opportunities in your community to help others who may be in need? If you're not sure where to look, check out the United We Serve website for options.
2Talk About It
Your children weren't around for the tragic events of September 11, 2001, so more than likely, they will have questions. If you need help with talking points, the 9/11 Memorial website has tips to guide parents when talking to their kids, as well as lesson plans with activities for kids of all ages.
3Visit A Memorial
If you are in the area, you can visit one of the memorial sites dedicated to those who lost their lives in 2001. Visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City, the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, VA, or the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania and talk to your children about why each location is important and what our country is doing to remember the victims.
4Thank The Troops
The military works tirelessly to protect our country from danger here and abroad. September 11 is the perfect time to honor those who bravely fight for our freedom. Operation Gratitude is an organization that sends care packages to members of the military. Their website has information on how your family can write thank you letters to active service members and veterans in appreciation for their service to our country.
5Read A Book
Your children may have questions about why our nation was attacked and whether or not we are safe now. There are plenty of age-appropriate books written for children to learn more about this important time in our history.
6Plant A Tree
There's no better way to honor lives lost than by creating new life. Planting a tree is a great way to remind us that life continues and that in time, our wounds can heal.
7Have A Moment Of Silence
Take some time and have your family unplug for a moment of silence to honor the lives lost on September 11, as mentioned on Macaroni Kid, Charleston. Although it may be difficult for younger children, it can be a good way to introduce a tradition that you can build on as they get older.