Ten years ago, in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, we were mourning those lost and trying to make sense of a senseless tragedy. Through collective grief, scores of Americans acted on our innate nature to serve and sought out ways to lend a hand, offer comfort and, ultimately, create positive change in our communities.
That spirit of service has grown over the past decode and more than 63 million Americans now give their time, talent, voice and money each year to address the challenges we face. This extraordinary outpouring of service powerfully demonstrates that people are central to creating change.
As we mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, we have the opportunity to create a permanent and positive legacy that rekindles the spirit of unity that existed immediately after that day, and honor the victims, heroes and all those who rose in service in response to the terrorist attacks that changed our nation.
The 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance is the day we pay tribute by doing something that benefits and enriches someone else—something meaningful to us in memory of those whose lives were lost or changed forever in an instant. It is an important, national milestone that brings us together through the powerful and unifying force of service.
Nationally, we hope to create one million acts of service and build an enduring movement and legacy event to annually activate our national spirit of giving.
Here in Northeast Florida, we will do so through a number of projects this Friday, September 9. You can help plant trees or gardens at Klutho Park, prepare care packages for our overseas troops, serve breakfast to our local service members, their families, and first responders or even participate in a community baseball game.
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This National Day of Service and Remembrance is an extraordinarily powerful motivator for civic engagement. Independent research commissioned in 2010 by MyGoodDeed found that more than 60 percent of Americans today—and 84 percent of those between the ages of 21 and 35—are ready to commemorate September 11 through acts of charitable service or volunteering.
To post a tribute, learn about service opportunities or find resources to give back, visit 911day.org or Facebook.com/911day. You can always find our local projects and opportunities at HandsOnJacksonville.org.