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katym Donating Member (136 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 12:27 PM
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2996 Bloggers remember those that lost their lives in 9-11
Edited on Sun Aug-20-06 12:27 PM by katym
I stumbled across this on Newsvine, and am now posting it here and on my xanga.

"The idea is simple but powerful: have a special tribute for each victim of 9-11"

Each of the 2,996 victimes of 9-11 is given to a blogger - that blogger must take it upon themselves to find out about their victim, and on the anniversary of their death, all 2,996 bloggers will post about a tribute to their individual.

This is to remember those that lost their lives, not to remember those that murdered them.

A call to DUers: Even if I am just a mediocre lurker, this is something anyone with 10 minutes of time can do. They still need 900 bloggers - please take part:

Please bear with me: my keyboard isnt allowing me to use forward slashes right now: (forwardslash)db911
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democraticinsurgent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 03:44 PM
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1. Link doesn't work
domain itself is not working...i'm interested, though if you can direct me.


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Make7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 05:31 PM
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2. Working link to 'The 2,996 Project'.
The 2,996 Project

The idea is simple, but powerful: have a special tribute for each victim of 9/11, with each tribute being created by a different blogger. We started 2,996 Project to coordinate the creation of the tributes, and that's what this site is all about. Here you can sign up to make a tribute yourself, on your blog (we'll randomly assign a victim to you). You can also browse or search through either the victims that have already been assigned, or those that have not -- and you can get pointers to more information on all of them.

A message from the guy who started it all...

For each of us something different about 9/11 brought the tragedy into focus. For me it was the sympathy and grief that poured in from overseas.

I remember a story on CNN that showed a Volkswagen Plant in Germany, where each employee brought a candle and placed it in the factory's entryway. I was staggered at the scenes of foreigners openly weeping. The closing visual of thousands of candles burning on the marble floor left me speechless.

The first tears I shed for 9/11 were as I watched the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace later that evening. That night the Queen had the Royal Guard play the Star Spangled Banner instead of England's Anthem -- a huge crowd of expatriates and British wept outside the gates. That tribute -- a national leader, even if for just a moment, diminishing their own national identity as a show of sympathy -- was one of the bravest and most touching political acts I have witnessed. And I remember wondering, if the situation were reversed, if we would have the courage to do the same.

Organizing this tribute has brought home to me, again, that these attacks, these pointless deaths, went far beyond merely a national tragedy. I have now personally signed up almost 400 bloggers. And as of this moment those 400 represent ten countries aside from the U.S. I have multiple participants from Germany, Spain, the U.K., Canada and Australia, plus one each from Portugal, Belgium, India and South Africa -- and I know for a fact that I'm forgetting some others.

In fact some of the most passionate pleas to join 2,996 have come from overseas -- people who weren't sure if their remembrances of that day would be suitable.

We in the U.S. often have a myopic view of the world and our place in it. But it would do us well to remember that we have family everywhere in the world, even though they may salute a different flag.

D. C. Roe
June 20, 2006

- Make7
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