On the morning of September 11, 2001, the 40 passengers and crew of Flight 93 stood up against terrorism. Their actions saved the U.S. Capitol Building and hundreds of lives in Washington, D.C. The fight over the skies of Pennsylvania was the first successful counterattack in what would become the Global War on Terror, and provides a shining example of leadership in action that must be passed on to future generations. Our name and logo are an homage to this moment in history.
Our mission is to connect Veterans with young people in order to perpetuate Courage, Resilience, Service, Teamwork, and the legacy of Flight 93.
We provide student-centered curricular materials for educators who wish to engage their students with primary sources and unique classroom experiences. Our curriculum guide, entitled Lines of Fire, provides six lessons on 9/11 and its effects as told through the words of American service members and their families. The guide is available, for free, via the link below.
Our on demand visits to classrooms across the country offer an opportunity for students to interact with living witnesses to history and learn invaluable lessons in leadership. These events have an impact that lasts long after the experience is over for both students and Veterans.
Our team of post-9/11 Veterans partner with educators to lead unforgettable trips to the National Flight 93 Memorial in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. Their personal testimonies are full of incredible stories and important advice for young people.
The Operation C.R.E.S.T. podcast gives students a unique service-learning opportunity through the preservation of the Veteran experience at the Library of Congress.
Many young people see 9/11 as a day of tragedy alone. Our work aims to challenge this narrative by highlighting the "Spirit of 9:57," an ethos of courage, resilience, service, and teamwork, that inspires students to lead lives of character.
"By studying 9/11 we can learn that teaching history well instills empathy in future generations. A good education instills the empathy that can counter terrorism and violence."
Our unique approach combines two groups of people who are accustomed to the idea of service above self: Veterans and Educators. Good friends John (left) and Peter (right) joined forces after Peter invited John, an Army Aviator, to speak with his students. From there, they formed The 9:57 Project in order to connect people like them who wish to inspire the next generation to lead through service to their communities.
Our team of post-9/11 Veterans has a new mission: to inspire the next generation to lead lives of service above self, no matter what form that may take.