IACP 9-11 Commemoration Suggestions

As the anniversary of the September 11th attacks approaches, the leadership of the IACP felt it was appropriate to provide the membership with resources and suggestions that could assist their departments if they choose to observe the events of that tragic day. It is our hope that these materials will assist members in planning their own events, or in participating in an event hosted by other state or local government agencies or organizations. The materials and suggestions that follow may be adopted, modified and used, as each agency deems most appropriate for their community and their department.

Shroud Badges

Law enforcement agencies throughout the United States and the world should consider shrouding their badges on September 11, 2002 as a as demonstration of respect, remembrance and comradeship for the law enforcement officers who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks.


The IACP Board of Officers has adopted a resolution that celebrates the character of the heroes of September 11th. A sample version of this resolution is available for the use of members. Members may wish to request that their city/town council or other elected authority, adopt this resolution as part of any September 11th observance.

Sample Speech

Members may choose, or be called upon, to deliver remarks at various September 11th memorial services in their communities. The IACP has prepared a short sample speech to assist our members in preparing for these events.

Moment of Silence

It would be appropriate to have a moment of silent reflection at some point on September 11th. Some agencies may choose to correlate their moment of silence with the time one or more of the events of September 11th occurred. To assist in that effort, a timeline of the key events of that day is attached.

September 11 Timeline

(All Times EDT)

8:45 a.m.—American Airlines Flight 11 crashes into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

9:03 a.m.—United Airlines Flight 175 crashes into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

9:43 a.m.—American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon

10:05 a.m.—South Tower of the World Trade Center Collapses

10:10 a.m.—United Airlines Flight 93 crashes in Somerset County, Pennsylvania

10:28 a.m.—North Tower of the World Trade Center Collapses


Some agencies may choose to observe the anniversary of the terrorist attacks by holding a fundraising effort on behalf of the families of those who lost their lives on September 11th. Many funds have been established to aid the families of September 11th victims, and it may be difficult to determine which fund (or funds) should be the recipient of the charitable contributions. To assist in this decision, the New York Better Business Bureau has created a September 11th Charity Database which contains detailed information on over 200 charities and not-for-profit organizations responding to the 9-11 crisis.


In some states and localities, memorial events may already be planned for September 11th. Agencies are encouraged to check with their state law enforcement memorials and other state/local police & firefighter associations to determine what other events are scheduled to be held.

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