20th Anniversary of 9/11
Resiliency Essay Competition
The "Kennifer Bench" sits in a garden in Culpepper, VA. The bench was created by Ken and Jennifer Lewis' American Airlines Flight Attendant colleagues. The garden and the bench are a living tribute to the Lewis' who lost their lives on AA Flight 77. Read full details in "Reclaiming the Sky."
The essay competition gives today's generation of airport, airline employees and students - along with military personnel through Edge4Vets - an opportunity to tell how lessons they learn from the generation of 9/11 aviation heroes profiled in "Reclaiming the Sky" can help them meet Covid 19 challenges in their lives.
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Download a Program Description
- Airport employees (working at a North American airport)
- Airline employees (flight attendants or pilots in the US or Canada)
- Aviation college students (US or Canada)
- Military (Veterans, National Guard, Active Duty)
- Aviation high school students (US or Canada)
- "General" high school students (at a public or private high school participating in the program)
Winners will be announced in September, 2021 – as part of the 20th anniversary commemoration of 9/11.
Meet the Judges
Resiliency helps us not simply endure but prevail. This essay competition conducted by the Human Resiliency Institute at Fordham (starting early 2021) gives today's airport and airline employees, as well as aviation college and high school students (some of whom were not yet born on 9/11) and military through the Edge4Vets program, a chance to tell how they can apply lessons of courage from the heroism of the 9/11 generation to help them prevail against Covid 19 and move forward with their lives.
HERE'S THE QUESTION
Tell in 500 to 700 words how you can apply lessons from acts of courage and resiliency shown by aviation employees profiled in "Reclaiming the Sky" to help you overcome Covid 19 challenges you face in your life.
"Reclaiming the Sky," by Tom Murphy, tells the story of a group of aviation employees in Boston, EWR/Newark, NJ and Washington, DC, who came to work on the morning of September 11, 2001 expecting a normal day. Instead, they found themselves in the middle of an attack on America, one in which the aviation industry was used as the means. Despite great personal losses, including losing family and friends, they responded with courage that day and in the weeks and months that followed.
Covid 19 is a different kind of tragedy, but one with a devastating impact. The courage shown by the 9/11 generation can be an inspiration to help today's generation rebound from Covid 19 and find the strength to rise up in the face of personal and professional challenges - to move forward after the covid virus crisis.
Join in, write an essay and participate in your category.
Director, Human Resiliency Institute at Fordham University, and President, Service Institute
Contact Tom at: Tom@TomMurphy.org