Do you remember where you were?
Do you remember how you felt?
Have you shared it with the world?
The 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks approaches, and with it comes a flood of virtual sharing applications and outreach efforts on the part of for-profit and nonprofit organizations alike. There are virtual video walls, tweetups, and forums. Sometimes these calls for contributions break through the digital and into the physical. For example, The Washington Post is accepting post-card submissions.
When it comes to the way we share our memories 10 years after suffering the largest attack ever on U.S. soil, we are living in a brand new world.
Like Pearl Harbor or the Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. assassinations — 9/11 was a day our country changed fundamentally. The attacks spawned two wars that, to this day, add to a rising death count affecting countless lives both here and abroad. We are a people scarred, and in sharing, many of us find healing.
But the way we share has changed since that fateful day, which came before Twitter and Facebook. It pre-dated Storify and YouTube. Google was barely four years old. Now we can share our memories, our pain and even our triumphs with a world that, back then, may not have been able to hear us.
The Sikh Coalition, in concert with the Canadian marketing firm Suntra, has created a virtual video wall where members of the Muslim, Sikh, South Asian and Arab American communities can share their memories of the attacks and the discrimination they experienced in its wake. “This website is our chance to tell our stories so that our voices are no longer unheard,” says Sikh Coalition executive director Sapreet Kaur in an introductory video:
Could such a project have existed immediately after the attacks? Not on YouTube. And it’s not the only effort to remind Americans of the prejudices our Muslim population has had to endure.
So, as you share your memories, whether it be with The Post or any of the 25,100,000 Web sites offering an opportunity to read, watch and hear of that tragic day, think of how far we’ve come, not only as a country overall, but, on a smaller scale, in our ability to come together and interact no matter where we are.
A selection of places to share your 9/11 Memories: