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20th Anniversary of 9/11: Call-to-Action

Where were you?

Most of us can remember exactly where we were on 9/11. The events of that day are seared into the memories of those who responded to the scenes of the attacks. For others, watching the events of that day unfold inspired them to serve by joining the military medical field.

We want to hear your stories.

To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, we will be sharing your stories across Military Health System and Defense Health Agency enterprise platforms, including on social media and health.mil. We are accepting all content—stories, photos, and videos, including raw and unedited content—from military medical service members and civilians who responded on 9/11 or who were inspired to serve in the aftermath of that tragic day in American history.

Send us your content.

Please send all content to the MHS Strat Comm Market Operations Mailbox.

9/11 Patriot Day

How to Share Your Stories

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We want you to share your 9/11 remembrances on social media using the hashtag: #WeRemember911

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September 11th 20th Commemoration Feature Page

The MHS will use the DOD’s 9/11 feature page on DVIDS for all of you to post their content. Share your September 11th 20th Commemoration content using the DOD tag when uploading to DVIDS and your content will appear on the feature page.

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