(8/16/2002) As individuals and communities plan to commemorate the anniversary of the terrorist attacks that changed the world, grassroots plans like this one are popping up.
SAMPLE CHAIN LETTER TEXT
Subject: 11 SEPT 02
September 11, 2002 is soon approaching. On that day, please wear red, white and blue to work or school to show your support for those who lost their lives on 9~11~01 and to honor the heroes who worked to save them and the families left behind.
At noon your time on September 11, 2002, no matter where you are or what you are doing, stop, put your hand on your heart,and say the Pledge of Allegiance out loud or to yourself and say a prayer for our nation.
If all of us do this together in every time zone around the world, we will have a powerful chain of thoughts surrounding us. Please keep this going to your friends and family. By September 11, 2002 hopefully enough people will have read this and will join together in unity.
God Bless the U.S.A.
END CHAIN LETTER TEXT
Similar requests were issued in the days following the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City and Washington D.C. One asked us to wear a purple ribbon to honor those that died, another asked us to drive with our headlights on for a day.
Most were legitimate, honest and heartfelt grassroots efforts. Unfortunately, the originators did little more than author and anonymous chain letter and recruit friends and family to participate, so they all met with varying degrees of failure. Then, the hoaxters and jumped on the bandwagon with a joke request to light a candle as a show of unity for a satellite photo.
Comments attached to some versions of the above request indicated that many who have received it aren't exactly taking it seriously. Many have questioned the choice of Noon for the act of unity - Wouldn't 8:45, when the first plan crashed, be more appropriate? And why the pledge? Why not the national anthem or "God Bless America?" And, these are the nice comments. Bottom line, without a well-thought out plan and a sponsor to be sure word gets out to everyone, this is probably one more grassroots efforts that is destined to wilt.
In addition to national observances, thousands of communities across the nation are planning memorial events for September 11, 2002. An e-mail grassroots plan may add something to these events, but don't expect it to become a global phenomenon. Break this chain.