FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #4, Issue #8August

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Families of September 11 (FOS11) is pleased to announce and support the launch of two new initiatives: NYC Remembers and Our Voices Together. A project of One Day's Pay, NYC Remembers provides New Yorkers with many opportunities and ideas on how to observe September 11 as a National Day of Service. Likewise, the new nonprofit organization Our Voices Together seeks to honor the loss of life on September 11, 2001, by fostering global understanding. Its online gift shop provides the opportunity to support international development projects, most of which were specially chosen to honor the lives of loved ones killed by terrorist acts.

In light of the recent release of the FDNY tapes and with the upcoming four-year commemoration, we remind you that there are many ongoing mental health resources still available to those affected by 9/11. Call 1-800-LifeNet for free, confidential mental health assistance, or visit for more information on both national and regional wellness resources (including support groups). Those in the DC-area might also consider attending a community event sponsored by the National Center for Victims of Crime's Virginia Resilience Project Post-9/11 (please see below in Resources), of which FOS11 is a project partner.

Lastly, FOS11 is honored that this year America's Camp will be giving the 9/11 Band to its campers. Others have decided to give the band out at memorial events, like the Tom Collins/Chris Panatier 9/11 Memorial Foundation golf outing. The 9/11 Band, a turquoise memorial bracelet with the words "Remember, Honor, Hope," was created by FOS11 Board member MaryEllen Salamone's nine-year-old son so that people would "remember those who died, honor all those who helped around the world, and hope that something like 9/11 never happens again." We believe it serves a fitting tribute this time of year.

Issues Update

September is National Preparedness Month
FOS11 is a proud coalition member of National Preparedness Month 2005, a nationwide effort held this September to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the American Red Cross, the goal of National Preparedness Month is to increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies and to encourage individuals to take action. Events, activities, and messages across the nation will encourage individuals to get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, be informed about different threats and get involved in preparing their communities. Visit to learn more about how you can participate. For more Preparedness Resources, visit the FOS11 website.

One Day's Pay Launches NYC Remembers
On August 16, 2005, FOS11 attended the launch of NYC Remembers, an initiative intended to ultimately transform 9/11 into a day of voluntary charitable service throughout New York City. The NYC Remembers website,, provides a "one-stop-shop" in the form of links to many volunteer and giving opportunities through nonprofit partners. It is part of the national One Day's Pay campaign to establish 9/11 as a nationally recognized day of service, charity and compassion. Those around the country are encouraged to visit to register their event or activity. For example, FOS11 Board member Tom Roger has organized through his church in Longmeadow, MA, a day of activities with a number of important community service groups, including Habitat for Humanity and the Red Cross.

FDNY Tapes Released
The New York City Fire Department released on August 12, 2005, the oral histories and radio communications (including a log of EMS calls) relating to September 11, 2001. If the family of a person who died at the World Trade Center wants a copy of these records, one copy will be made available to each family who submits a request. The request should be made by the family member who applied for the death certificate. Requests should be made by mail, and should be addressed to: Alexandra Fisher, Special Assistant Counsel, New York City Fire Department, Room 8N-5, 9 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, New York 11201. The tapes are also available online at the New York Times.

A free biweekly 9/11 support group for FDNY employees recently started on August 22. It meets at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, NY. For more information, contact Dick Lawless, FDNY CSU Brentwood, at 631-581-6888. To contact the FDNY Counseling Service Unit, please call 212-570-1693. In addition, Friends of Firefighters, located in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, serves as a central meeting spot for firefighters to relax, receive counseling, exchange information and access a wide array of services specific to their needs. Visit or call 718-643-0980.

FOS11 Chat Program
As the fourth commemoration of September 11, 2001, approaches, many people feel a resurgence of worry and grief. It is not unusual to feel overwhelmed dealing with your personal feelings while also comforting your family. Similarly, parents of children affected by 9/11 recognize that with the beginning of school, this time of year presents many additional challenges as well. Join your peers in the 9/11 community for this online chat session on Thursday, August 25, from 8:00-9:00 PM EDT. Learn more about what type of reactions to anticipate and learn what kind of activity planning can reinforce resilience. Whether you live on the East Coast or West Coast or anywhere between, survived or lost loved ones in the attacks at the Pentagon, the World Trade Center or Shanksville, we invite you to discuss issues and topics that are of importance to you in a safe, positive environment. Dr. Donna Gaffney, a licensed mental health professional and noted trauma specialist, will facilitate the chat. Enroll now in the chat.

Upcoming Events

9/11 PDP Panel 8 -- September 1, 2005
The former commissioners will hold their eighth public panel, titled "Winning the Struggle of Ideas," on September 1, 2005, at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, from 9:30-11:30AM. The panel will be moderated by the former 9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean. More information.

Empty Sky...The Rising -- September 7-11, 2005
Created by internationally known choreographer Bob Borosby, this evening-length dance/theatre experience is inspired by and will be performed to Bruce Springsteen's 2002, 9/11-influenced release, "The Rising." It will have its world premiere at the new Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ, in six performances from September 7-11, 2005. For more information visit:

United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt -- September 8-11, 2005
The United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt will be on display at George Washington University's Charles E. Smith Athletic Center, 600 22nd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037-2727, on Friday, September 9, 2005, through Sunday, September 11, 2005, from 11AM to 5PM with a VIP Opening Ceremony for survivors, family and friends of victims and survivors, dignitaries, and the press on the evening of Thursday, September 8, 2005. The 16,000 square foot quilt, a global undertaking of more than 3000 volunteers in 18 countries, is dedicated to the victims of September 11, 2001. More information.

Cycling Forward -- September 9-11, 2005
For its 2005 fundraiser, Beyond the 11th will sponsor this bike ride from Ground Zero in NYC to Boston, MA. In 2004, they raised over $150,000 and they hope to surpass that amount this year. All money raised will benefit widows affected by war and terrorism in Afghanistan. You may join them for the entire ride or for part of the way. To register for the event or to learn more about the different cycling options, please visit To learn more about Beyond the 11th, visit or call 781-235-2229.

World Trade Center Site Memorial Ceremony and Remembrance -- September 11, 2005
At this year's memorial ceremony, the names of the victims killed at the World Trade Center will be read aloud by siblings of the victims during this year's commemoration ceremony at Ground Zero on September 11, 2005. The selection for the reading of names will be determined a lottery. In addition, victims' families will be allowed to descend into Ground Zero and gather at the footprints of the twin towers. The ceremony will conclude at noon, but the site will remain open to family members until 4PM. Siblings who wish to read names during the ceremony should call 212-442-8953 or email At sundown, the "Tribute in Light" will return for one night on September 11 in memory of those lost and as a symbol of the spirit of our community. The "Tribute in Light" will be located at a new site this year at West and Morris Streets in Lower Manhattan.

For more anniversary events and memorials, please view our most recent list of September 11, 2005: Commemoration Activities and Memorials or visit our event calendar. If you would like to tell us about a commemoration event in your area, please email us at


Our Voices Together
Help build a safer, more compassionate world by joining your efforts with those of other 9/11 families. A new non-profit, non-partisan organization, Our Voices Together strives to enhance the efforts of families and friends of people directly affected by terrorism as they engender some good out of tragedy. Our Voices Together uses our collective voices and resources to support and encourage worthwhile international projects, foster goodwill and promote global understanding. In so doing, we provide one way of honoring those who have lost their lives to terrorist acts. We partner with non-profits working in the areas of international development, education, and interfaith dialogue. Our online Virtual Gift Shop raises funds for international projects specifically chosen to honor the lives of loved ones. Visit or call 202-223-0080.

The Virginia Resilience Project Post-9/11
Sponsored by the National Center for Victims of Crime in partnership with FOS11, the Northern Virginia Family Service, and the Pentagon Memorial Fund, this strength-based public health initiative aims to promote the resilience of 9/11 victims, their families, and first responders by helping them cope with the ongoing trauma of the 2001 terrorist attack. Visit to learn what resilience is, why it matters, and how you can build your own resilience. You'll find fact sheets on optimism, healthy coping, self-knowledge, relationships with kids and more, including a listing of community events and additional self-help resources and services.

Pentagon Memorial Fund
The Pentagon Memorial Fund was established to build a lasting tribute to the 184 individuals killed on Flight 77 and at the Pentagon. It is a place of remembrance for those who died, a place of comfort and reflection for those of us left behind, and a place of hope and renewal for future generations. Since April 2004, the Pentagon Memorial Fund has raised $7.5 million towards its $18 million construction goal. Visit to make a donation or to learn more about this effort.

The 9/11 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program
Created by the September 11th Fund and the American Red Cross and now wholly managed by the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA), this program offers financial assistance with the cost of mental health and substance abuse treatment to those directly affected by the attacks, regardless of insurance or immigration status. Coverage is retroactive to 9/11/01. Call the toll-free hotline at 1-800-LIFENET (543-3638) or visit For a list of other ongoing mental health services, including local support groups, visit

Bear Search and Rescue Foundation
On 9/11, Captain Scott Shields and his 11-year-old golden retriever, Bear, traveled to Ground Zero from Greenwich, CT, to help in the rescue efforts at the WTC. Established in 2002 in Bear's name, the foundation's mission is to provide instruction in Emergency Management to Search and Rescue Teams; to equip Search and Rescue teams around the country; to provide free air transport to active missions and training where possible; and to provide health care to all SAR K-9s that worked at Ground Zero and the Pentagon. On September 17, 2005, the foundation will be hosting a Search & Rescue and Service Dog Day at the Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum. For more information, visit

The September Project
The September Project is a collection of people, groups, and organizations working to create a day of engagement, a day of conversation, and a day of democracy. All individuals, organizations, and libraries are encouraged to participate and plan events on September 11, on the weekend of September 11, or throughout the month of September. Through talks, roundtables, and performances, people will share ideas about democracy, citizenship, and patriotism. The September Project is devoted to making this happen annually and internationally. To find out more, please visit

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