5 Ways to Honor Lives Lost on Sept. 11

91113It’s crazy to think that 12 years have passed since the attacks that took place on September 11, 2001. It kind of feels distant and fresh at the same time. But I’m sure the pain is still prevalent for people who lost friends and family that day, which is all the more reason to continue to honor those who lost their lives.

Here are five ways you can do that:

  1. A Moment of Silence. Take a moment to meditate, pray or remember the lives lost. They are still with us, in a way, if we continue to keep their memories alive.
  2. Do Something Good. Do something to make a positive impact, whether that be for your neighbor or coworker, for your community or for your nation. Get some ideas here.
  3. Share. Post a photo or status on your social media accounts about how you’re honoring the lives lost.
  4. Talk it Out. Because the attacks happened 12 years ago, most children, tweens and teens have no recollection of the events unfolding, either because they were too young to remember or they weren’t yet here. Parents, teachers and mentors: let them know what everyone is talking about and why it’s important. (Scholastic has some tips for talking to kids about war and violence.)
  5. Live. We should definitely take time to remember the lives lost on 9/11, but we also need to continue with our lives. Remember that this day is also someone’s birthday or anniversary. They should be able to celebrate.
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