9/11 TributeMore Activism Ideas
"Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children. "
-President George W. Bush.
September 11th changed the lives of many individuals as our nation was under attack from terrorists. America will never forget this tragic day when 3,000 Americans lost their lives at the hands of Islamic terrorists.
Despite such a devastating blow to our country, the days after this horrific event were emblematic of the resolve and patriotism. Americans emerged from the ashes of tragedy like a rising phoenix and set off a unifying patriotic wave unseen since the revolution itself. As we approach the tenth anniversary of this event, many Americans have let their patriotic fervor subside, and have failed to properly honor and remember those who died that day.
Every September 11th, it is your group's civic duty to remind college students of the lives lost. You can easily do this by setting up a patriotic flag display that provides a reminder of the pain and suffering endured by the country, but also to signify that despite these travails, the country still prevails.
1. Collect the materials. Flags 4 Less offers a very low price for students who are buying flags for a 9/11 Never Forget event. You can buy the flags from their website. http://www.americanflags4less.com/9-11_Never_Forget_Project.html. Also, Young America's Foundation offers other resources for student groups taking part in the project. Email YAF's Patrick Coyle at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your school and receive a free sign and 9/11 memorial pins.
2. Reserve space on campus. Reserve a high-traffic area on campus that has enough room for 3,000 small flags. Lawns near student unions or cafeterias are best. Keep a paper copy of the confirmation.
3. Invite allied organizations. Talk to other conservative and patriotic organizations about co-sponsoring your 9/11 display. This event will create goodwill for your group on campus. Partnering with other groups will make your club more favorable in the public eye and help cover the costs of purchasing flags.
4. Prepare for opposition. Have a flip camera ready to record anyone who tries to destroy your 9/11 memorial. Ask opponents to your memorial to explain why they are opposed to remembering the victims of terrorism.
5. Honor the victims of the September 11th attacks.
6. Special note: DO NOT ADVERTISE! This event is not a way to score political points for your organization. Rather, it is a meaningful celebration of the lives of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. If media contact you regarding your event, feel free to answer their questions. However, do not compromise your organization's integrity to promoting yourself with this kind of memorial.