It's time to start thinking about a mail art project that I have been participating in since I first heard about it, which was in 2003. It is the Remember September Mail Art Memorial, and I'm sharing the link here in hopes that you may be inspired to participate, too.
All the information you need is on the website for the Memorial...but basically, you create an envelope of any mailable size, with the Remember September 11, 2001 theme. You put your address on the back of the envelope & you can add a personal message inside the envelope if you'd like to...the envelopes will not be opened. Have your envelope postmarked on September 11, 2010...and it will be included in the Mail Art Memorial. It seems like a great introduction to Mail Art for kids...with a history lesson built right in.
There are some archives of past envelopes on the website, from 2002-2005, and the other years will be added eventually. The envelope above is the one I mailed in 2006. I'm already thinking about what I will do this year.
I vividly remember that tragic day almost 9 years ago now. I didn't turn on the TV before leaving for work...we were still in Corona, CA then & the traffic westbound on the 91 for my drive into work was usually a challenge...creeping at just a few miles per hour for what seemed like forever. On September 11, 2001, the freeway was almost empty...quite surreal. I turned on the radio to hear what was happening & was shocked to hear of the attacks on our country. Needless to say, it was difficult to concentrate on work that day as we huddled around the radios in the office. Rumors were rampant of pending attacks on Los Angeles or other places on the West Coast. We were allowed to go home early that day...and many of us sat glued to the TV to see the horrible images from NYC and the Pentagon & the field in PA.
We must never forget that day...and how terrorism hit us in a major way...right here in America. We must remember all the innocent lives lost. Each year I mail my little work of art...and I hope you'll consider doing so, too.