Service We Will Never Forget
"Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.”– President Barack Obama
Today, Thursday, September 11th, 2014, marks the 13th anniversary of the terror attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. This day will forever go down in history as one of the most devastating and tragic events in American history. However, in true American fashion, tragedy has been turned into triumph with the creation of a National Day of Service and Remembrance, held annually every September 11th, to honor those who gave their lives and their service on that fateful day.
This national day of service is a forward-looking tribute encouraging citizens to carry on in the tradition of service and to reach out within their communities. Launched in 2002 on a grassroots level by family members and community support groups as a way to honor those who served on 9/11, Congress officially established this National Day of Service and Remembrance in 2009 with the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.
This year Day to Serve is pleased to include the National Day of Service and Remembrance as the initiating event for this year’s service events. Both events seek to build bridges within and among communities, transcending politics, religion, race, cultures, and backgrounds, creating unity and brotherly love among one another in the name of service.
We will never forget what happened September 11th, 2001, both the tragedy and the service given on that remarkable day.
To those who serve, both then and now, thank you.