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9/11 Resiliency Essay Competition
Marks 20th Anniversary of 9/11
$3,300 in awards!
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we're offering the "Reclaiming the Sky" Essay Competition.
The project will give today's airport and airline workers as well as aviation students (including college and high school students) an opportunity to tell how they can apply the lessons of courage reflected in the stories of 9/11's aviation heroes to meet today's Covid 19 challenges.
Learning Resiliency from 9/11
Heroes to Meet Covid Challenges
Essay participants will have a chance to glean lessons of courage and resiliency from employees profiled in "Reclaiming the Sky: 9/11 and the Untold Story of the Men and Women Who Kept America Flying."
Gather a group of friends to read the book together, discuss the themes, then each submit an essay in your respective category.
All profits from "Reclaiming the Sky" support aviation charities – including flight attendant charities - so reading the story in a group can be a great way to honor 9/11's aviation heroes and promote community.
We're enlisting sponsors to cover the administrative costs of the contest and provide free books to aviation workers and students who cannot afford them. Contributions are tax deductible.
All profits from "Reclaiming the Sky" go to aviation charities - including flight attendant charities. Reading the story in a group can be a helpful way to explore the resiliency themes as a community.
We've created a special category to give high school students a chance to read the stories and explore with the author ways they can apply the resiliency lessons of the 9/11 heroes to meet challenges in their lives.
When "Reclaiming the Sky" was first published in 2006 on the fifth anniversary of 9/11, author Tom Murphy broke out the elements of heroism reflected in the stories of the aviation employees he profiled. Listen to the radio clips below:
Healing principles from "Reclaiming the Sky" inform the curriculum for the Human Resiliency Institute's nationally successful Edge4Vets program.
Edge4Vets has trained more than 1500 military veterans and service personnel in eight states and Canada since 2011. The workshops teach them how to tap their resiliency strengths to prepare for jobs that can lead to careers.
Veterans from Edge4Vets are helping administer the essay competition.
Special thanks to American Airlines captain, Terry Thames, pictured above, who draped a flag out his cockpit window after returning to Washington following 9/11. The second photo shows a memorial offered for Port Authority of NY and NJ staff by the Newark Liberty International Airport Airline Managers Council (NIAAMCO.) Viewed from either direction, front or back, it reads: 9/11. In the third photo, Oneka Lupe, a customer service agent at Newark, does her best to enhance the traveling experience for customers.
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The book "Reclaiming the Sky" Offers Profiles
in Aviation Courage
View news clips from the book's 2006 introduction at the Pentagon - interviewing American Airlines Flight Attendant colleagues of the crew from Flight 77.
- All author profits support Aviation Charities. Learn how each charity is serving its community in unique fashion.
- Read first-person accounts from today's aviation professionals who embody the resiliency principles reflected in Reclaiming the Sky's stories of aviation courage:
- See photos from several of our participating charities' 9/11 anniversary Remembrances.
"Claiming Your Sky" Supports Students
We offer a program that helps students prepare for a career in aviation using the principles in the book.
- "Claiming Your Sky" puts the "leadership principles" from the stories into a curriculum to help students enhance decision-making skills, deepen their capacity for empathy and increase their chances for aviation employment.