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Sunday, September 10, 2006

2,996 is a tribute to the victims of 9/11

PLEASE NOTE NEW POSTS ARE JUST BELOW THIS ONE: this post will remain at the top of this blog until September 11, 2006, at which time the tribute post will be located at 2996: Jill Marie Campbell (http://jillcampbell2996.blogspot.com/). Please take the time to seriously consider participating in this project that commemorates the individuals and not the action that took them from us.

"On September 11, 2006, 2,996 volunteer bloggers will join together for a tribute to the victims of 9/11. Each person will pay tribute to a single victim." - D. Challener RoeHave you heard of this tribute? I posted regarding signing up on July 7th.
As of July 27, there are 1,062 bloggers signed up, that leaves, as D.Challener Roe says, "That’s 35.5%. Unfortunately, that means that by 9/11 we’ll have just short of 2,000 volunteers."

As with many lists or rolls you can sign up by contacting D.Challener Roe or thanks to one of the volunteers you can simply click on the Sign Up NOW!!!!!!!!!! button at the site.

How many bloggers are there out there? I don't know, but it's in the millions. The honor of writing a tribute to those that were lost that day should have been snapped up within the first few days of Roe posting the tribute. But that didn't happen and with a little over a month to go there are almost 2,000 honorees not spoken for.

Jill and JakeI was assigned Jill Marie Campbell, nee Maurer; the 31 year old wife of Steven Campbell and mother of 10 month old (at the time obviously) Jacob. She was in the South tower on the 78th floor that day.

I've done some research in preparation, yet still have much more to do. Thanks to the site there are resources listed to at the least give you a decent start.

One type of source and one you will find if you run searches against any of those lost, are living tribute type sites. Sites that list a short/brief bio, images if available and allows visitors to post to a particular person in a guest book. You can leave remarks/condolences and read those left by others, including family members.

The sad thing is that entries wane and become far and few between, even from family. But for the families it was and is real, so keeping up on annual visits to one of these sites is far from required as they likely visit their loved ones daily in their thoughts and prayers.

I'm a little floater in the virtual blogbowl, so any entreating I do will go little noticed; but if this tribute does not reach its goal of one blogger per person for the fifth anniversary of the travesty that was/is 9/11, it would indeed be a true shame.

The brief research I have done has been heartbreaking and a horrible reminder of the staggering losses of that day; though I didn't need a reminder. BUT, there are many that do need that reminder....PLEASE CLICK ON THE SIGN UP NOW IMAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND SERIOUSLY CONSIDER PARTICIPATING.

From 2,996:

2,996 is a tribute to the victims of 9/11.

On September 11, 2006, 2,996 volunteer bloggers will join together for a tribute to the victims of 9/11. Each person will pay tribute to a single victim.

We will honor them by remembering their lives, and not by remembering their murderers.

If you would like to help out, either by pledging to post a tribute on your own blog, or by offering your services to promote this cause, just leave a comment here and I’ll email you the name of a victim.

Then, on 9/11/2006, you will post a tribute to that victim on your blog.

But, and this is critical, the tributes should celebrate the lives of these people–kind of like a wake. Over the last 5 years we’ve heard the names of the killers, and all about the victim’s deaths. This is a chance to learn about and celebrate those who died. Forget the murderers, they don’t deserve to be remembered. But some people who died that day deserve to be remembered–2,996 people.

Thank you,

D.Challener Roe

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