The 2,996 Project

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.


  1. Hi Patrick

    I signed up today. Thank you for sharing this info with us. I am planning to put their link on my sidebar, and I may do a short post about the project as well in the next few days. I will link back to this entry, and drop you a line when I do.

    Always, Carly

  2. I’m just not sure how I’m supposed to get more info about my guy in order to honor him.

    Any ideas?

    I know that they are supposed to email you more information; but short of that, if you go to the list of those being remembered — and if you just signed up, your victim might still be listed as “Unassigned,” and click on their name, you will be taken to a page with several pieces of information on them via Google, Yahoo and other searches.

    That is where I’m likely to get most of my information.

    But I’d also email the site administrator and just verify that information is supposed to be sent. That was my understanding, at least.

  3. Just to let you know… two of my journal readers signed up. One of them, Jackie, mentioned it in her blog, and 5 people already signed up. So, the ripple effect goes on.

  4. Wow! I hadn’t heard about this! I’m heading over to the website and will be making a plea on my blog(s) directing others to do the same.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 28 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.