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September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance Key Messages

Key Messages for the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance:

  • On September 11, 2017, and the days leading up to it, the nation will mark the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks that rocked our country. As we reflect on that moment in our history, we will honor the victims, first responders, and citizens who stood up to serve our nation through military service with tributes, memorial services, and volunteer service.
     
  • Since September 11, 2001, millions of Americans have come together with a common purpose to honor 9/11 and commemorate the tragedy through volunteer service. Together, they represent a shared belief that by neighbor helping neighbor, we can make our country stronger and better for decades to come.
     
  • This year we encourage you to join this American tradition and help your community by participating in the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.
     
  • Every community has needs, large and small. September 11th and the weekend leading up to it are an opportunity to demonstrate your patriotism and make a commitment to address them by volunteering.
     
  • You can create your own volunteer opportunity that is personal, lead a group to accomplish tasks that need a concentration of energy and people like preparing homes for the winter, or join a volunteer opportunity led by one of the thousands of organizations and across the country honoring this national day of service and remembrance.
     
  • Go to NationalService.Gov/911Day to find a volunteer opportunity near you.

 

Background on the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance:

  • Beginning in 2002, family members who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks lead the effort for an appropriate and fitting tribute to honor their loved ones and those who volunteered to serve our country in response to the tragedy.
     
  • In addition to tributes and commemorations, they sought to establish a national tradition that engaged our country in volunteer service that was forward looking and helped those in need, creating a lasting legacy for their loved ones.
     
  • The leadership and efforts of these family members resulted in the legislative establishment of the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance in April of 2009. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) was charged with supporting this effort across the county.
     
  • Each year, CNCS works with 9/11Day.org, our grantees, and faith-based, local, and national organizations to expand volunteering that honors the sacrifice of the families affected by September 11, 2001.

 

Opportunities to Volunteer in honor of the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance in 2017:

  • As Americans prepare to honor those lost on September 11, 2001 and those who volunteered to serve our country in response to that tragedy, we hope you will consider how your actions pay lasting tribute by volunteering in your community.  Volunteer projects will range from food and school supply drives, home repairs or weatherization for senior citizens or veterans, neighborhood and park clean ups, disaster preparedness activities, to recruiting volunteers for longer termed projects that help people prepare for and find jobs. 
     
  • Volunteers may also honor veterans, soldiers, or first responders by meeting immediate family needs or assembling care packages to remind them of the support of a grateful community and nation.
     
  • If you are hosting a volunteer project, add a moment of silence to connect with the national tribute for September 11 victims and their families.
     
  • If you are hosting a volunteer project, we encourage you to go to NationalService.gov/911Day and register your service project.  By registering your project you may find new volunteers, or inspire someone else to develop their own volunteer project using your example.
     
  • Every community has needs, large and small. September 11th and the weekend leading up to it are an opportunity to volunteer and make a commitment to address them.

 

What Organizations Can Do:

  • Develop volunteer opportunities that address critical needs in your community.
  • Post those volunteer opportunities on NationalService.gov/911Day.
  • Use #911Day in all your social media posts so others will be inspired by your example.

What Individuals Can Do:

  • Create or join a volunteer opportunity.
  • If you create your own project, register it on NationalService.gov/911Day.
  • If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity, go to “Find an Opportunity” on NationalService.gov/911Day.
  • Share your story of service on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Use #911Day in all your social media posts.
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