Resilience is the word of the day. Or, at least, that's the goal of the organizers and hosts of Thursday's 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Summit — a film festival.
The summit will take place in the Newseum's Annenberg Theater and will consist of four documentaries, each focused on the resiliency of communities in response to the 9/11 attacks. The films will be followed by panel discussions.
"The idea was using the 9/11 tenth anniversary to not only appropriately commemorate the folks who were lost on that day and the tragic events, but to... talk about where security policy for the United States should go in the next 10 years," said Sean Burke, vice president and senior fellow at the Center for National Policy. Burke has helped center President Dr. Stephen Flynn organize the summit and campaign.
Burke described the event as "a film festival with a purpose."
The first documentary will be "Boatlift," which tells the story of the citizens who came together to evacuate lower Manhattan, followed by a panel discussion hosted by jouralist Dan Rather. Next on the schedule is "Wounded Warriors' Resilience," a documentary that looks at those who joined the military in response to the 9/11 attacks and were wounded in service. That will be followed by "Gulf Coast Resilience," which focuses on the resiliency of the Coastal Mississippi region in response to Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The day will end with a documentary about the efforts to rebuild the World Trade Center site titled "World Trade Center Rebuild."
The summit will also serve as the launch for the National Resilience Campaign, which aims to bring attention to the need for resilience in communities. The campaign will be led by the Center for National Policy and the Community and Regional Resilience Institute.
In the spirit of the campaign, CARRI created the Community Resilience System Initiative last year, which aims to provide resilience-building tools and techniques to communities. Burke cited this initiative as an example of the campaign's goals.
"The idea is to point at these types of networks and encourage people to get involved with them," he said.
People interested in attending the summit must register by Monday, Sept. 5 and can email for more information.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.