On September 11, 2001, four U.S. commercial airplanes were hijacked; two crashed into the World Trade Center Towers in New York City, one went into the Pentagon in Washington, DC, and the last one crash landed in a field in Pennsylvania. No one in the planes survived, but thousands of others in the Pentagon and in the World Trade Center were in need of rescue. Men and women from all over the United States immediately stepped in to help with the rescue efforts.
We honor the memories of the brave men and women who died on that tragic day, and honor all of those around the world who have worked to help children and families of these victims recover. The firemen and policemen who bravely saved the lives of others, with great risk to themselves, are remembered and honored.
Teachers: Visit the free MY HERO Lesson Plan for National Day of Service & Remembrance. Includes discussion guide and learning outcomes.
Mattie Stepanek wrote the poem "For Our World" on September 11th, 2001, as a call for peace, acceptance, and understanding.
Read the story Emmy wrote in 4th grade about her Dad, Jeremy Glick, who was on Flight 93 on September 11th.
Stories about 9/11 Heroes
Welles Crowther ("The Man in the Red Bandanna") was a volunteer fire fighter who saved at least 18 lives on 9/11.
Harold Schapelhouman is a fire deputy chief who flew from California to the Twin Towers to help with relief efforts.
Read and Listen - Great for ESL Students The story about Stephen Siller is available in text and audio.
After 9/11, Artists made images to learn from and survive the tragedy
I really admire firefighters because when everyone rushes away from danger, they face it with a brave heart, especially on September 11, 2001
Consider creating your own work of art honoring a hero from 9/11 or a service project in your community to submit to the MY HERO Gallery.
These short films reflect the remarkable stories, emotions and heroism following the attack of 9/11.
Includes animation, music video and documentary genres.
* Recommended for middle school and high school levels
'To Light' is a music video tribute made for the opening of the new 9/11 Memorial in NYC.
Kids take up activism in memory of a classmate's father Jeremy Glick, who lost his life in the attack of 9/11.
Related Links and Resources
Learn about a New Hero Every Day of the Year:
Check out the MY HERO Calendar
Students: Share Your Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program
Outstanding essays submitted to MY HERO will be considered for a certificate/t-shirt prize or be featured on the Story Homepage.
Students can submit their films for free with a waiver to the MY HERO International Film Festival.
Artwork curated by MY HERO Arts Education and Gallery director Victoria Murphy.
Organizer created on 6/4/2011 2:09:44 PM by Becky Miller
Last edited 8/21/2019 12:56:05 AM by Xenia Shin