Little Victories

We’re entering into the final stretch and it is only a matter of hours until we’re at the 11th Anniversary.  I thought that I’d take a little time to tell you where we are and share some of my thoughts.

At the moment there are 7 people that have joined the Project 2996 group board @ Pinterest and we have over 300 pins!  Some people have taken the challange and pinned 10 or more or have created pins for all of the people that they have created tributes.  Of those 300+ pins there are a couple of repetitons and a few that aren’t pins of the victims, but we have more than 10% of the victims represented by pins! The board is being followed by more than 460 people. These are all little victories and I’m indeed proud of everyone that has participated and will still participate!

The big goal that I had when I started this project was that we would have a pin for all of the victims and as a secondary goal I wanted to see that there was a tribute for every victims (as has always been a goal of Project 2996)!  We haven’t reached either of these goals yet but as time is running out I say let’s go out with a bang!  Let’s see how much we can do in the remaining hours! If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, jump in, the water isn’t that cold!

For some other Little Victories, we can still do a lot of things. Let’s see what we can do of the following small goals:

  • 1000+ followers of the group board
  • 100 repins of our pins into other people’s own boards
  • 100 comments on the pins in our board
  • 100 members of the board
  • 100 likes of the board
  • 100 likes of the pins
  • 1000 likes of Project 2996 in Facebook

I’m looking forward to see what we’re going to accomplish before tomorrow is over.  Tell you family, friends, and people you meet about Project 2996.  Commit to creating 10 pins for victims without pins (more tributes would be great as well). Let’s make the 11th Anniversary something special.


Project 2996 group board

Pinned List

Tribute List

P.s. I’ve spent a lot of hours over the pat weekend putting together a list of victims that have been pinned and those that still need to be pinned.  The list started out as a copy of the Tribute list and I went through adding links to the victims where there is a pin.  I managed to get things in somewhat of an order for all of the flights and the Pentagon, but World Trade Center is still chaotic.  Getting the list together is very manually intensive. I can say that everyone that has a pin (at the time of my last update) has been noted, the alphabetical order is not always obvious and especially in the World Trade Center lists, some people are listed contained in the wrong list.  The best thing to do is to use Control F to search for names.

Pinterest Progress So Far

Glipse of Project 2996 Group Board on Pinterest

Hello everyone!  I just thought that I’d give you a quick update.  Above is a screencapture of part of the Pinterest Group Board. Dale has created ‘pins’ for all of the people he did tributes for, I’ve pinned all of the people that I did tributes for and then I’ve made a pass through the victims at the Pentagon and am about to start with the victims of the different flights.  Does anyone want to create some pins for any of World Trade Center victims or any of the victims of any of the flights?  Let us know your Pinterest user name and we’ll invite you to the group board. Below you can see a couple of recent pins.

Pin of Pentagon victim Teresa Martin

Pin of Pentagon victim Sgt. Tamara Thurman

We have a few members in the group board but it would be great to hit a significant number like 100 or even if everyone that has liked us on Facebook. You can ‘Repin’ pins that are already in the board into boards of your own as well as liking and commenting on them too. Be sure to check out the group board on Pinterest. Don’t forget that we still need more than 1200 tributes.

The Way of Coincidences

This isn’t meant as self-promotion, and I hope it doesn’t come off that way.

Working on this project now for six years, several times I’ve been caught by the coincidences that crop up.

The first year, while randomly assigning names, one participant wound up writing a tribute to someone who had lived in the house next door (though at different times). When I started Project 2,996 I didn’t know anyone who died that day–or any of their families. Sometime after I started the project I made friends with a family in my neighborhood, but it was another year until I discovered that my their BIL/Uncle had died in WTC1.

Last night I was struck by another coincidence. In the last few years I’ve taken up with a bagpipe band here in Raleigh–Wake & District Pipes & Drums–and I’m now part of the drumline. A few weeks ago when our Pipe Major asked for volunteers to play for the Jimmy V Gala to raise money for cancer research, I volunteered because…well, pipes & drums and then the pub on a Saturday night…what could be better?

It was only once I was at the Gala that I realized that the guests of honor this year were a group of 9/11 first responders and ground zero workers who have developed cancer.

In the video linked below, you can see the band playing (at the 0:16 mark)… I was right behind the Bass Drum, which comes into frame right as they cut away.

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Calling All Teachers…

Calling All Teachers

Having known some teachers in my life, I know that many of them are constantly on the look out for things that they can add to their lesson plans to keep their students interested in their class and to get their point accross in new and exciting ways. You might be aware the the 11th Anniversary of September 11 is coming soon. I have a few ideas of how you can incorporate this event into your class. There are a couple of campaigns being done at Project 2996, a non-partisan group dedicated to preserving the memory of the September 11th victims, that I’d like to tell you about. And, I’d like to tell you how you might be able to incorporate them into your lesson plans.

You’re probably wondering what Project 2996 is?. Project 2996 started out as a way to honor the victims of September 11th. Project 2996 wanted to see that an online tibute is posted for every victim of September 11th. One done by a real person, that honored the way that the victims lived and not the way that they died. We all know more that we care to about the hijackers and a host of other peole that have done bad things to our society and aren’t worthy of using the space they do in our brain cells that they do. After updating the list of tributes after last year, we currently need around 1,300 more tibutes.

Here is a presentaton explaining what Project 2996 is.

To help celebrate the 11th Anniversary, we decided that we’d like to create a Project 2996 group board on Pinterest. The goal of our most recent campaign is to have a pin for each victim with a picture. The description around the pin would tell a little bit about the victim, will link to Project 2996 tributes, or will make it clear where we don’t have a tribute yet. These pins will also give people to a chance leave a comment afterwards. If people have a personal story about the victim that they’d like to share, there is some space to do this. Also, since pins are very visual this really helps people to realize that these were real people and not just some statistic being batted around.

How can I use this in my lesson plans. Imagine finding a victim (or more depending upon your time bandwidth), learning more about them and writing a tribute of your own. You can then create a pin in the Project 2996 group board on Pinterest and link to your pin. You can also create some pins where other people have done tributes, or where no tirbute has been done. The tributes and Pinterest group board provide different opportuinites and some people might prefer one to the other or want to do them with equal interest. Now, imagine the opportunities that this might give to your class. Your students can research one of the victims and find out about their lives. They can also see how Pinterest works and can be used for group projects. One thing is for sure, the experience will leave you different than it found you and you won’t look at September 11th the same.

Every victim has their own story, they had parents, siblings, spouses, boyfriends/girlfriends, kids, friends, and colleagues. They led a life and they left a mark on the world. We hope that you’ll help us to discover this and share it with the world. We hope that you’ll join us in one or both of the campaigns at Project 2996.

Here some links to information that can help you get started…

What Is Project 2996 Doing For the 11th Anniversary?

Hello everyone! The Eleventh Anniversary of September 11th will be upon us shortly and I thought that we had to something special, because this will be the 11th of 9/11 and all. I got in contact with Dale and he was all for it so without further adieau let me tell you about it.

By now you might have heard about Pinterest. It is one of the newest crazes on the web right now. Pinterest allows you to create virtual online pinboards, where you organize pictures and web links. It is a very visual thing and people are loving it. Given the visual nature I thought why don’t we create a board for Project 2996 where we create a pin for each and every victim. Having a pin for every victim would put a face to all of the victims and this already removes some of clinical nature of people becoming statistics. Saying that nearly 3000 people died might be sad but you get a whole different perspective when you see pictures of everyone.

Here is an announcement presentation that I have posted to SlideShare that gives a high level view on this campaign.

By creating a group board this means that we can involve everyone that would like to participate, it also will help in being able to get all of the pins created before September 11th!

Here is a more in depth presentation that I put together to show you what needs to be done and it gives a little bit of instruction on how to use Pinterest for those of you who aren’t familar with it.

How many people will participate is hard to say, maybe we can set a goal of getting 300 people pinning in the Project 2996 board, this would mean that everyone would create around 10 pins each and it is less than the number of people that have liked us in Facebook. Another thing that would be great is if you have done a tribute, that you create a pin for every person that you’ve done a tribute for. Also, looking at the website and seeing how many victims have tributes there are around 1,300 people that are without tibutes now (this is largely due to deadlinks that Dale has removed after his last clean up of the list). It would be great if we can still get tributes for those victims without a tribute by September 11th.

If you’d like to participate in the Project 2996 group board on Pinterest, please leave a comment on the “Contact Me” page on the website, on our Facebook page, or in the board on Pinterest. After you’ve contacted us and we have a chance to guage the number of people that want to participate, we’ll determine how we’ll divide up the victims for pinning. I’d like to see at least one pin for every victim. It would also be great if each pin would then have at least one tribute that could be linked to it as well. I’m looking forward to seeing this campaign take on a life of its own. Be sure to spread the word. Happy pinning!

Darryl Heron

A New Addition to Project 2,996

September 11th almost surprised me this year. I’ve had a lot going on this year* and just didn’t see it coming.

Luckily for me, someone who’s been part of Project 2,996 since the beginning, Darryl Heron, was not asleep at the switch. A couple of weeks ago he contacted me with an idea. A simple idea, but one that required some thought and planning. He’s almost ready to announce it.

What is it? Well…it’s his idea, so I’d rather let him do the explaining. But this should be a great new way to share information about the 2,996 people who died almost eleven years ago.

I will say that we’re likely to need a few volunteers who are comfortable with social networking and have a little free time.

So this is Darryl’s introduction, and sometime in the next couple of days he’ll be along to share his idea with you.

* Learning to drum in a bagpipe band takes up more time than you’d think.

A Quick Note about the 2,996

I’ve received a couple of comments on this so I just want to be clear that the list of 2,996 name does NOT contain the hijackers.

When I downloaded the list 5 years ago I chose to include both those officially listed as killed, AND those listed as missing. In the last 5 years a small number of those originally listed as missing have been added to the list of official victims. As of right now, the number of missing is 19, the same as the number of hijackers.

My list is not identical to the official list of victims. From the beginning I decided that I’d rather accidentally include a name than accidentally exclude someone.

3,652 Days Later

On this day, do not be sad. To mourn a loss is normal and healthy. But we must work to not dwell.

Take this day, not to remember mass murder, but to remember the 2,996 people who are loved and missed.

Go here and read about some wonderful people.

If you sent me an email or a new link after 9/10/11 at noon, please be patient. These are a busy couple of days.

2 Days to Go

A bunch of the emails I’m getting are links of tributes that I have mistakenly listed as dead links. But one helpful emailer gave me a clue that made 2 + 2 = something a little more than 4. The practical upshot is that today I’m pouring through about 1700 links that may not really be dead links.

I’m crossing my fingers that the good part of the list will get MUCH longer later today.

8.30.11 Update

Attention fans of Project2996:

After much delay (sorry), the most current list of tributes is available (the link is in the menu above).

I’ve gone through each of the ~4500 links myself an after removing the dead links we have 2,192 people with no tributes.

There’s no way to get that done by 9/11/11, but my goal is to get them all done no matter how long it takes. So please help spread the word. I’ve activated the page on FaceBook, so please take a moment to Like us using the widget to the right.