Do you remember where you were when you first heard the news of September 11th? I remember getting ready for school when my grandpa called and told us to turn on the television. My mom and I watched in horror as they replayed footage of the planes crashing into the World Trade Centers again and again. I was a little young to understand what these events really meant at the time, but as I’ve gotten older, the significance of this day is etched in my memory.

Now, more than a decade later, September 11th is a day for remembrance and reverence. To assist in this movement, back in 2011 Facebook created an application that allowed you to dedicate your Facebook Memorialstatus to a victim of the terrorist attacks. This was in commemoration of the 10-year anniversary of September 11th. This Facebook Memorial gave others the opportunity to honor and revere the 3,000 who died in the 9/11/01 attacks, along with the six who died in the World Trade Center bombing in 1993.

In collaboration with the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, the app served as a great way for those members of the social media marketing community who wanted to donate their status to the cause. They even had the option to dedicate their status to a specific victim of the attacks, or to have one given to them. To keep this tradition alive, who will you dedicate your status to this year?

Shareable September 11 Cover Photo

This year, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum Facebook page has a new cover photo for people to upload in commemoration of the 12th anniversary of the attacks. This cover photo bears a nostalgic phrase: “Take a day to remember the day that changed us forever.” This day has clearly not been forgotten, for within  the first 45 minutes of them unveiling the new cover photo, it received more than 760 likes and more than 250 shares.

World Trade Center Memorial 9/11Others are choosing to commemorate this day with an actual visit to the National September 11 Memorial, where two reflecting pools sit in the footprints of where the colossal towers once stood. They are the largest manmade waterfalls in North America, as each of them is an acre in size.

Whether you can visit these physical memorials or promote remembrance online, we encourage you to participate this year. Many have already expressed their willingness to share the cover photo, dedicate their status and more on the anniversary of the attacks. Will you be one of those to honor the heroes of that day? What do the events of 9/11 mean to you? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

photo credit: Glyn Lowe Photoworks, 1 Million Views, Thanks via photopin

Jamie Bates