Tuesday, September 2, 2014

National Day of Service and Remembrance

Please join the Museum on Thursday, September 11 for a National Day of Service and Remembrance. The Museum will host a day of activities to honor those who lost their lives due to the 9/11 tragedy. Veterans and active military personnel will visit with guests about 9/11 and other unfortunate dates in history.

Throughout the day, the Museum will play a documentary about the events of Sept. 11, 2001. At 3 p.m., Gunnery Sergeant Todd Schroeder of the U.S. Marine Corps and others will speak about their experiences following the 2001 disaster. Although the Museum does not currently have an exhibit on 9/11 events, museums exist to preserve history and educate younger generations. As time passes, it is important to honor victims of tragedy and keep their memory alive through stories of their lives.

The Museum offers a military discount for active members and their families. For more information, please visit our website or call 316.263.1311.


  1. While it is encouraging to see the Museum honoring the lives lost on 9/11, the email notice comparing the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the 1937 Hindenburg disaster, or the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor to 9/11 trivializes the events of that day. Of course we remember exactly what we were doing when we heard tragic news; I recall exactly where I was when I heard President Kennedy was assassinated. But as awful as that news was it is in no way comparable to the attacks of 9/11. While horrible tragedies, the San Francisco earthquake was a natural disaster and the Hindenburg a mechanical disaster. The attacks on Pearl Harbor and those on 9/11 were not disasters they were attacks on our own soil; acts of war that took the lives of thousands of our own. The years since have not softened the blow or faded the memories. When we temper our remembrance of these attacks with inaccurate comparisons or softened terms we use to discuss them we denigrate the lives sacrificed then and during the subsequent military actions to defend against further attacks.

  2. Susan, thank you for your comments. We agree there is no comparison to any other day in American history. Every day is a unique story, and some are terribly tragic. The email in no way meant to group the events together, only to point out that today's children (most under the age of around 16) have no memory of this significant event, similar to most of today's adults having no memory of Pearl Harbor, etc. Museums exist to preserve stories of those who go before us, and to remember the lives of those who were lost in tragic events. Our sole purpose of the day is to honor and remember those who lost their lives on 9/11 and in the subsequent years of war after. We hope you will join us and support us in the effort to educate younger generations.