FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #4, Issue #9September

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With the fourth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, Families of September 11 (FOS11) offers its heartfelt condolences to all those affected by the tragic events of that day. FOS11 holds in its thoughts all those families who lost loved ones on 9/11 as well as all those recently affected by Hurricane Katrina.

FOS11 has been an advocate of service in honor of all who perished on 9/11; it is a way to honor positively the lives and deaths of the victims of 9/11, as well as pay tribute to all those all over the world who joined in solidarity to help. Volunteering or supporting efforts to create a better America honors those lost in a unique and positive way, and it assures that their deaths will not have been in vain.

To find a volunteer opportunity in your community, visit Or consider taking part in a National Preparedness Month event below. Those wanting to support international projects of goodwill and honor those who lost their lives to terrorist acts might visit Our Voices Together. Additionally, One Day's Pay, the national non-profit which seeks to have 9/11 recognized as a day of service, has launched a National Volunteer Registry for those interested in aiding Katrina relief.

Issues Update

9/11 Commissioners Issue Report on Recommendations
The 9/11 Public Discourse Project released a report on Wednesday, September 14, 2005, assessing implementation of the 9/11 Commission's recommendations on homeland security and emergency response. This is the first of several reports to be released by the former Commissioners in coming weeks, each of which will assess the implementation of a number of 9/11 Commission recommendations. The 9/11 Public Discourse Project will announce the date, time, location, and subject matter of each event when that information becomes available. Read the report.

IFC Family Advisory Group Named
FOS11 Board members Tom Rogér and Donald Goodrich, in addition to former FOS11 Executive Director Nikki Stern, were named to a seven-member family advisory group that will advise the International Freedom Center's board and staff on all aspects of center programming and oversee the center's permanent main lobby exhibition on "The World and September 11." View the just released 27-page IFC Content and Governance Report, which lays out approaches that will guide the creation of the Center's programs and touches on some preliminary concepts for these programs. In addition, the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation launched a website,, as a national effort to remember 9/11 and to help build the World Trade Center Memorial and Memorial Museum. Visitors to the site will be able to see newly released images of the Memorial site, share stories and photographs of their 9/11 experiences, visit a September 11 photo gallery, make donations to the Memorial, and follow the Memorial building progress.

Terrorism, Security and America's Purpose
This month, Families of September 11 (FOS11) Executive Director Jennifer Mincin spoke at the New America Foundation conference on terrorism called, Terrorism, Security and America's Purpose: Towards a More Comprehensive Strategy. Held in Washington, DC, this major national policy forum examined the challenge of international terrorism and how best to confront it, and included such experts as Sec. Madeline Albright, Sen. Chuck Hagel, and Sen. Joe Biden, among others. Visit for conference details and a summary.

Search & Rescue and Service Dog Day

FOS11 also recently attended the Search & Rescue and Service Dog Day at the USS Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City. The event was hosted by the Bear Search and Rescue Foundation, a not-for-profit organization established in the name of Bear, the most decorated search and rescue dog from Ground Zero. The foundation provides much needed training, equipment, and transportation to search and rescue teams around the country, including those active in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Visit to make a donation to this important mission. FOS11 congratulates Sally Regenhard, who was presented at this event with an Extraordinary Service to Humanity Award for her work with the Skyscraper Safety Campaign.

WTC Health Effects Report Issued
The Government Accountability Office, Congress' investigating agency, issued a report stating that the U.S. government program to monitor the health of federal workers who responded to 9/11 World Trade Center attacks has accomplished little. View the report:

For more 9/11-related news and updates, please visit In the News.

Upcoming Events

National Preparedness Month Events -- Ongoing
Throughout September, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the American Red Cross have worked with a wide variety of organizations, including local, state and federal government agencies and the private sector, to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness and promote individual involvement through events and activities across the nation. View an online calendar of remaining National Preparedness Month events. Also, visit the Citizen Corps website to find information on the Citizen Corps Council located nearest to you, where you can get training in first aid and emergency skills, and volunteer to support local emergency responders, disaster relief, and community safety.

Restaurants for Relief -- September 27, 2005
On Tuesday, September 27, Restaurants for Relief: One Meal, One Night, One Nation, a program of OpenTable, Share Our Strength and Windows of Hope, will bring together restaurants across the nation for one night to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Participating restaurants will designate a portion of the evening's proceeds to be donated to Share Our Strength's Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund. 100% of the donations will benefit local organizations in the affected areas, providing relief to hurricane victims and assisting the families in the hospitality industry who were also affected by the disaster. Chefs who would like to participate and diners who would like to view the list of participating restaurants go to

Just for the Health of It! -- October 2, 2005
The Living Room Health and Wellness program of Jewish Family Service of Bergen County is hosting a Health and Wellness Fair on Sunday, October 2, from 1-5PM at the Marriott Teaneck at Glenpointe. This event is open to all 9/11 family members and their extended families, not just those living in New Jersey. For more information, please call Laura at 201-837-9090 or email (or see organization description below in Resources).

For more events, please visit our Event Calendar.


Children's Mental Health Needs Must Be Addressed In A Crisis
As the nation begins recovery and rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Katrina, it is imperative to consider both the physical and emotional needs of children, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Children who have been displaced by the flood face many losses such as the loss of home, familiar surroundings, a supportive school or daycare community, peers, prized possessions, and potentially, loved ones. Read the full article.

NYDIS Offers CD on 9/11 Recovery and Ground Zero Tour
Courage: A Pilgrim's Walking Tour of Ground Zero is a newly released CD offered through New York Disaster Interfaith Services that accompanies the listener through a journey at Ground Zero and includes not only walking directions, a map, and identification of key points on the landscape, but also provides first-person stories by participants who worked tirelessly in the recovery effort and have struggled with the pain and suffering of the experience. Produced by Courtney Cowart, Th.D., the CD is already being used by pastors, educators and therapists to lead study circles, teach courses, and as a catalyst for creative art and writing therapies, for sermon material, and as inspiration for faith-based volunteers. Proceeds from the sale of the CD will be used to support NYDIS' disaster advocacy, planning, training, and long-term recovery initiatives. Order it online at or call 212-669-6100. The cost is $15 per CD plus $2 for shipping and handling.

9/11 WTC Memorial Ceremony Coverage
Many FOS11 members have written in asking about the availability of videotape copies of this year's commemoration ceremony at the World Trade Center site. If you are interested in receiving footage of the 2005 ceremony, please email your request to NY1 News at

Flight 93 National Memorial Project
Donations to the Flight 93 National Memorial Project can now be made online. The website address is In addition to instructions on how to donate, there is information about the Memorial Project, the Temporary Memorial, the Archives, and the Flight 93 Story as described in the Mission Statement. There is also the mailing address for those who choose to donate in that manner.

Bruderhof Peace Barn
The Bruderhof Peace Barn is a project of the 5th-8th grade students of the Spring Valley School in Farmington, Pa. The students have converted an old barn into a memorial for the heroes of Flight 93 and all victims of September 11. In addition they have handcrafted the memorial benches for each passenger and crew member at the Flight 93 crash site in Shanksville. The new Peace Barn website,, has a beautiful online Flight 93 Memorial with pictures and biographies of all the passengers and crew.

The Living Room
The Living Room is a Health and Wellness Center dedicated to providing ongoing supportive services to families affected by September 11. Located in Teaneck, New Jersey, it is a welcoming, comfortable and informal social center that provides a wide range of therapeutic, restorative, educational and creative activities. The Living Room has a large multi-purpose space for lectures and classes, a cozy "living room" for small groups or just relaxing, and a beautiful kid's playroom filled with toys, books and games.  The Living Room is open 40 hours a week for registered members to attend planned activities or just as a drop-in place to relax and rejuvenate. Ongoing programs include yoga both day and evening, tai chi, educational seminars for single parents, social support dinners and activities for those who lost children, and special events for children who lost a parent on 9/11. All programs and activities are entirely free to members. To receive schedule information or to learn how to become a member, please contact 201-837-9090 or

Ascent Sculpture
Mark Pilato created a sculpture called "Ascent" for the families of 9/11. Three years in the making, Ascent will be on view in the Catskills in Upstate New York for two months before it goes on tour. Many B&B's and restaurants in the area are offering special rates to family members or loved ones who want to come and see the sculpture, and the scenic train,, has offered free rides to family members or loved ones. Located in Arkville, the train travels six miles through beautiful country stopping within 100 feet of the sculpture. The sculpture sits on a foundation of a former ice house overlooking Lake Wawaka. For more information, please contact Mark Pilato at To view images of the sculpture, visit

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Families of September 11 (FOS11) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded by families of those who died in the September 11 terrorist attacks. Membership is open to anyone affected by the events of September 11, 2001. More than 2,400 people worldwide have chosen to join us.

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