|Make a Wish...
"When I blow out the candles on my birthday cake my special wish is for love and peace throughout the world. This is a time for people everywhere to think positive thoughts and not to dwell on the negative. We can change the world if we all remember that we are truly a spark from the same original source regardless of what religion/God/infinite wisdom we are accustomed to believe in."
Light an Extra Candle
Thanks to Amanda G. for a great suggestion: Light an extra candle on your birthday cake this year in memory of those who lost their lives on this date.
Bring a Cake to your Local Firefighters
Thanks to Miriam K. for another great suggestion: Bring a birthday cake to your local fire station to show our appreciation for their work and share our birthday with them.
Impressions from others with September 11 Birthdays
"Few things bring me to tears. I didn't even cry on the day of the attacks, but this website, the acknowledgment and recognition of unity beyond the tragedy, and the generosity and perseverance of so many who can honestly share what I've felt for these eight years, and the years to come; THIS brings me the most joyous kind of tears. Thank you for making this, my 30th birthday, the best in eight years...and my day has only just started. Thank you, and happy birthday!"
"It's nice to commiserate with someone who knows what it feels like to wake up on your day of celebration to the sound of memorial dirges on the radio or TV... Now having a place to let those thoughts out makes me get ready to celebrate my birthday."
"I was really inspired by this site... I'm so very happy I can always have someone to write to that knows what I feel about my special day"
"Thank you for this site. I have not really celebrated my birthday since the tragedy. I am constantly reminded about it every time I am asked my birth date on applications or just general conversations... If I see 9:11 on a clock, I am reminded. Bless you for allowing me a place to put my thoughts and feelings into words. I will try and plan a Happy BD for myself this year."
"Ever since that year I've always told people 'I'm not a big birthday person' and I haven't really had a birthday party since then, but next year, on Sept. 11, I'm going to celebrate!"
"As a military member, I rarely have the opportunity to celebrate my birthday with my family. Finding this website was "eye-opening" to know that so many others felt the misery of sharing their birthdate with such a tragic event. I hope others are inspired to find the positive aspect of celebrating this special day."
"Thank you so much for creating this site; it is so good to know that I am not alone. I have stopped celebrating my birthday because of all the negative responses from my peers and other people. Thanks to this inspiring site, I decided to celebrate my birthday this year. Thank you for your kindness and support."
"Thank you so much. It's such a comforting feeling to know that there are people out there who not only share a day, but share a dream."
When a woman went into labor on September 11, 2010, her doctor told her that this was "not the first baby I've delivered on 9/11, and the way I see it is this: something wonderful is happening on this tragic anniversary, and America needs that."