This September 11th, the fifth anniversary of that terrible day on which 2,996 people were killed in the terrorist attacks, I’ll be participating in The 2,996 Project. The idea is quite simple: bloggers are being asked to sign up to receive information about one of the victims. On 9/11/06, they’ll write a post about that person.
It’s important to note that this isn’t intended to be a war cry or be motivated by political leanings one way or the other. It’s just to take one day to make sure that the individuals who died that day, the people who are so often overlooked because of the number itself, are remembered one by one.
I’ll be blogging about a 24-year-old named Josh who worked in the World Trade Center. There is a reason that I will be blogging about that person in particular, but you’ll have to wait until next month for the details about that.
In any case, at the most recent count, only 35% of the victims have been accounted for in the sign-up. There are still more than 1,000 people who need to be represented in this effort.
We can do better than that.
Some people feel it might be too painful to participate. But just imagine how these people’s families have felt since that day. Somehow, I don’t think the sadness those of us with no direct connection to the victims could possibly compare.
Please visit The 2,996 Project page and sign up. (I’ve also put a quick link on the sidebar.) It is the least we can do.