Immediately following the September 11th terrorist attacks The Library of Congress set in motion a massive effort to comprehensively document the tragic events of the day and its aftermath. A sampling of the material collected was used to create the September 11, 2001 Documentary Project.
As part of this project, the American Folklife Center called upon the nation’s folklorists and ethnographers to collect, record, and document America’s reaction. Among the most compelling items received were 14 drawings submitted by third-grade students from Sequoyah Elementary School in Knoxville, Tennessee. Their drawings included the message, “We love our country and want to show how much we care. We hope you enjoy our pictures.” See all 14 drawings here.
To further mark the anniversary, President Bush proclaimed September 11th as Patriot Day, marked by flags flown at half-mast, ceremonies, candlelight vigils, and other remembrance services.