The attacks on September 11, 2001 will stay in our memory forever as clear as the day it happened. That event was 10 years ago, and in those 10 years, the face of social and interactive media and marketing has evolved exponentially. To commemorate the 10 year anniversary, two guys have founded a website called 9/11day.org that has been around since 2002. One of the founder’s brothers was killed during the attacks trying to rescue victims, and then became a victim himself.
They hope that by annually organizing the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance (“9/11 Day”), they will provide a positive and forward-looking way for Americans and others to forever honor and remember the 9/11 victims, survivors, and the many that rose in service in response to the 9/11 tragedy, including first responders, recovery workers, volunteers, public safety officers and members of our military.
This year, 9/11day.org started up a video commemoration to mark the 10th anniversary. The website asked “What will you do to remember?” and people were then prompted to upload their own personal video to the website stating “I will…” delineating what they plan to do to remember. In one of the biggest memorial projects, over 30 actors, singers and sports figures (as well as survivors of the attacks and relatives of victims) appear in the “I Will (Pay Tribute)” campaign that began last week. Lady Gaga, Samuel L. Jackson, Mariska Hargitay, Hilary Duff, Jordin Sparks, New York Yankees’ first baseman Mark Teixeira, Fran Drescher, Joe Jonas, Pauly D, Nas, Julianne Hough and Drake Bell are among the celebrities encouraging people to do good deeds in observance of 9/11.
To date, more than one million people from all 50 states and 165 countries have visited the 9/11 Day website, and social media has allowed for this to happen. Never before would so many people from all over the United States and the world have been able to upload videos to compile a tribute quilt for such a terrible event that affected so many people.
Visit their Website to learn more about the foundation and add your very own tribute to the site : http://www.911day.org/