There are a few days that will live in infamy: Infamy as defined by Websters Dictionary:
1: evil reputation brought about by something grossly criminal, shocking, or brutal.
2a: an extreme and publicly known criminal or evil act.
b: the state of being infamous.
The bombing of Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941; the assassination of JFK, November 22, 1963; the attack on the USA; Tuesday, September 11, 2001. That one always gets to me, 9/11. I remember the day clearly, I remember what I was doing and I remember the feelings; the mixed emotions and the actions that occurred shortly thereafter.
The stories, the horrors, the shock and dismay and the coming together of people looking for ways to help in whatever way they could. The theatre show Come From Away certainly provides one perspective on lending a helping hand, a true story about the best of human kindness.
My own experience in helping out during this time came about because of my martial arts training. One of my teachers, Adrian sensei, worked in the aviation industry. He was concerned for the flight crews on passenger jets and he wanted to help out by providing some self-defense classes.
Over the course of that year, a few of us dojo members travelled to a facility close to the airport and trained some of the aircrews in basic self-defense. The training provided a confidence boost, some exercise and stress relief if nothing else.