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- Moments of silence
- Good deed
Observe a moment of silence
Observe moments of silence marking the events of 9/11: The first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m. Eastern time, and the second plane hit the South Tower at 9:03. A plane hit the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m., while passengers crash-landed a hijacked plane in Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:02 a.m.
Do a good deed
Commemorate the 9/11 anniversary by doing a good deed, whether of a personal nature or through organized volunteering. In 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama declared September 11 a National Day of Service and Remembrance as a way to honor those who died.
Thank the military
Show your gratitude to U.S. troops for the sacrifices they've made since 9/11 -- and continue to make -- by sending a currently deployed service member a care package or simply writing them a letter.
Write a poem
Write about your feelings. Try poetry, essays, fiction, or journal entries. In the months after 9/11, many people found comfort channeling their grief and anger into verse that they taped to lampposts and posted in windows.
Pay your respects
Visit a 9/11 attack site to pay your respects, like the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at Ground Zero in New York City or the Pentagon Memorial in Washington D.C.
Recapture the kindness and gentleness that Americans showed one another in the days and weeks after 9/11. And try to keep the spirit alive long after you're done commemorating the 9/11 anniversary.