Saturday, September 10, 2011

President Obama Designates September 11th As a National Day of Service and Remembrance

September 11 - Hope & Renewal
#10 in an 11-Day Memorial Series of Posts

This is the tenth post reflecting on 9/11 in MBE's special 11 Days of September memorial series focusing on all the ways hope and renewal have emerged from this great tragedy.

Today I found an uplifting email in my box from President Barack Obama announcing that tomorrow, September 11th, has been designated as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. The President, First Lady and their daughters will be participating in various service and charity projects this weekend to reaffirm our nation's strength. He invites us all to follow that example and do the same.

My Kids on a Visit to the Nation's Capitol Some Years Ago
Vintage Photo, Janis Brett Elspas,

Here is an extract from the official White House correspondence I received:

Tomorrow, on the tenth anniversary of the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, we will mourn the innocent lives lost, honor the heroic first responders who rushed to the scene, and pay tribute to our troops and military families who have served over the past ten years to keep us safe and strong.

But, I also hope you'll remember how the worst terrorist attack in American history brought out the best in the American people. From giving blood, volunteering time,and donating clothing, food and money, in the weeks and months after the attacks,we were united as a nation, everyone doing their part to lend a hand and help the country move forward together.

With just a small act of service, or a simple act of kindness towards others, you can both honor those we lost and those who serve us still, and help us recapture the spirit of generosity and compassion that followed 9/11.

As a family my kids, hubbie and I always seem to be involved in community service projects. In fact, I'm an advocate of teaching kids how to give back to the local communities where they live.  We are definitely parents and children who volunteer together.  Even if you don't have time during the rest of the year, consider getting involved in something tomorrow in your local community to make the world a better place.

Opportunities to help others abound and there is something that every American can find to do. Join the President and my family and participate in this National Day of Service.  Check the website for what's going on in your backyard and how you can help. I just looked up my own area and was surprised to see about 3500 opportunities near where I live that need some help tomorrow.

Here is how that email closes...

This weekend, I encourage all Americans to remember not only the innocent lives we lost on that day, but to remember the ordinary goodness and patriotism of the American people and the spirit of unity that brought us together during the days and weeks after the attacks of September 11th.  

President Barack Obama

Don't miss the other posts in this unique Mommy Blogger
September 11th Memorial
Series of Hope & Renewal

Thursday, September 1, 2011 - Imagery of a Pink Hand Bag
Friday, September 2, 2011 – Life is Too Short After 9/11 Book Review
Saturday, September 3, 2011 – Charity Event Fitting Memorial to 9/11
Sunday, September 4, 2011 – Songs & Music Inspired by 9/11
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 – Teaching Kids from K-12 About 9/11
Thursday, September 8, 2011 –  9/11 Acknowledged by Fashion's Night Out

Please Comment
What are you and/or your kids doing in your local community to help for National Day of Service and Remembrance?

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