By Phyllis Sweeney
Special to Village News 

Remembering 9/11 in Fallbrook

 

Last updated 9/10/2020 at 12:12pm

Village News/Lucette Moramarco photo

Phyllis Sweeney holds a painting that she bought for her firefighter/paramedic son from the first Remembering 9/11 Art Competition in 2016.

Nineteen years ago, Sept. 11, 2001, an unexpected attack occurred in America. My desire and motivation for starting the Remembering 9/11 Art Competition was to remember this very tragic day in our history. The attack on 9/11 on American soil took us all by total surprise. The shock of the attack is still hard to comprehend.

Residents of New York and Washington D.C. went to work or went about their day as usual. Many of them died that tragic day and so many of our first responders died attempting to rescue and save the lives of their fellow Americans, as well as those brave Americans who fought to deter their plane from more destruction but went down in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

My reason for creating the 9/11 art contest was to embrace and encourage the artfulness of memories through artwork focusing on what and who Americans are and what 9/11 means to them.

Three years ago, an Art of 9/11 contest for children was started, called Honoring Our Heroes for which junior artists are asked to create a "patriotic themed work of art honoring our military, first responders and our country. There are children who were not born when 9/11 occurred, but 9/11 is a big part of America's history that they should be aware of.


Each year a nonprofit was selected to receive a portion of the proceeds, benefiting their endeavors in their community. They include the Fallbrook Senior Center Meals Program, North County Fire Protection District, Fallbrook Firefighters Association and Fallbrook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1924.

Due to COVID-19, the Art of 9/11 annual event was unfortunately canceled. The Fifth Annual Art of 9/11 event, Honoring Our American Heroes, will be strong in 2021.

Remember 9/11 and keep those whose loved ones died in your thoughts and prayers.

 

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