Ten Years Later: Free Media Resources for September 11 Anniversary Observances

This September 11, a Sunday, is the 10 year anniversary of September 11, 2001. Many churches will hopefully be doing something to acknowledge this awful day in American history. Scroll all the way down for links to versions of media you can use in your worship services.

At my church, the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS, we’re actually starting a series this Sunday, Aug. 21, called “Ten Years Later”. We always share our videos and graphics with any church that wants them after we’ve used them in worship. But for this year, it would make no sense to make them available after the fact, since this is a one-time anniversary event. So we’re making our materials available immediately.

Below is the video (conceived and directed by Alex Schwindt, with help from me and Jason Watson) that we put together to promote the series. It would also be appropriate as a bumper to start off a sermon. There’s an alternate version, too, that doesn’t have the text at the end, in case someone wants to add a different title. The idea behind this video was to reflect not on the horror of that day, but on how it inspired people to love and service.

Scroll all the way down to the links at the bottom for both HD and standard definition QuickTime versions of this. There are also links to the text-free version.

Also, there are 2 JPG still images based on the Polaroid concept that may be of use to you (one that says “Ten Years Later” and one that is blank).

Two more images (bulletinart and textbackground images, below) are also provided. These have a completely different look. These were images made from photos we took of a large beam from the World Trade Center. A fire station here in Kansas City acquired it, and we’re assisting with fundraising to build a 9-11 memorial here in KC that will have this beam as its centerpiece. Feel free to use these images in your worship services, as well.

UPDATE: There’s now a video of this beam, 30 seconds long, that you’re welcome to download. (Again, all links are at the bottom of this post.)

 

There’s another video I’d like to share with you, too. Years ago, for the one year anniversary of 9-11, I made a video set to the Alan Jackson song, “Where Were You WHen the World Stopped Turning?” I created it with a click track and performed it live while the images were projected. You can preview that video below, and also download a full resolution QuickTime movie at the bottom of this page. There is also a click track version, with the song in the left channel and the click track in the right channel.

 

Right-click on the links below to download media.
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