A LIVING MEMORIAL OF SEPTEMBER 11

We partner veterans and educators to empower young people to lead lives of courage, resilience, service, and teamwork
 

INVITE A POST-9/11 VETERAN TO YOUR CLASSROOM

Our virtual and in-person veteran visits 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.

 

ACCESS OUR STUDENT-CENTERED CURRICULA

We provide student-centered curricular materials for educators who wish to engage their students with primary source material 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.

 

ENGAGE IN OUR EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING TRIPS TO THE FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL

Our team of post-9/11 combat 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.

 

WATCH AS WAKEFIELD SCHOOL REMEMBERS FLIGHT 93

Relive our trip to the Flight 93 National Memorial with Wakefield School in this video, created by Brianna Handford  (Class of 2020) and faculty member Danielle Curtis.

9:57 AM
ON THE MORNING OF 9/11


Our name and logo are an homage to the 40 brave passengers and crew of United Flight 93, who, at 9:57 AM on the morning of September 11th, began the counterattack that would save hundreds of lives and a symbol of American democracy, the U.S. Capitol Building. We are inspired to keep their legacy alive by engaging students with U.S. military veterans, encouraging the next generation to embrace the "Spirit of 9:57," an ethos of courage, resilience, teamwork, and service.

 

CHALLENGING THE NARRATIVE AROUND 9/11

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 VETERAN-EDUCATOR PARTNERSHIP

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 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.

A NEW MISSION FOR OUR VETERANS

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.

 

PARTNER WITH THE 9:57 PROJECT

Join us in our efforts to inspire the next generation of young people


Our veterans provide in-person or virtual visits to schools.  These visits are centered on small group discussions and student-led Q & A sessions facilitated by our team of veterans. We customize these visits to meet educators' needs.


Our teaching materials include Lines of Fire, a curriculum guide featuring 21st century wartime correspondences and designed around student-centered activities. The guide is available, free of charge, via the link below.


There are a variety of ways to support our work, including sharing what we do with educators, joining our Google Classroom space, subscribing to our monthly newsletter, and/or making a financial contribution.


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