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Remembering September 11

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD

September 11, 2001

The United States marks a sad anniversary every September 11. That's the day in 2001 that terrorist attacks occurred in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

If you're a kid, then you probably don't remember anything — or very little — from that day. Maybe you weren't even born yet. But you might have seen video clips or have talked about what happened at school or with your family.

Terrorism is a violent act committed by people who want to get attention for their cause. Lots of people suffer because of terrorism, in addition to those who are injured or killed. That was true for September 11, 2001.

Healing and Moving Forward

For a while, it seemed like the entire world was upside down and confusing. In the years that followed, attacks also happened in Spain, London, Bali, and Mumbai. For those who lost loved ones, life will never be exactly the same. Yet they have found ways to heal and move forward.

In the weeks after September 11, 2001, lots of people had questions and feelings they needed to express. On the anniversary of that day, some people will want to pause and reflect. You might feel that way and choose to participate in an event commemorating the anniversary.

Or you might want to talk to a parent or a friend. It can help to draw a picture or write thoughts down in a journal. Others will just want to have a normal day.

One idea is to turn September 11 into a day of service that honors the victims, police, firefighters, and paramedics who responded to the crisis. Have you ever considered volunteering? It's a great way to show you care and that your community stands together, even in the toughest times.

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: September 2014