9/11: A 'National Day Of Service And Remembrance'
Correction: While this article states that 911dayofservice.org is a newly launched website, it was actually launched in 2002 by the nonpartisan nonprofit MyGoodDeed, which is an entirely separate entity from Serve.gov.
This September 11, President Barack Obama has asked the country to pay tribute to the tragic attacks on the World Trade Center through action, dubbing the anniversary as a day of "service and remembrance."
Rather than just remember the lives of those lost, his hope is that thousands of Americans will take part in service-related activities to "rekindle the spirit of unity and common purpose felt in the wake of the 2001 terror attacks," he said in a press conference Friday.
To help achieve this, a new and innovative website, 9/11 National Day of Service offers ways for Americans to make their actions on September 11 felt year-round.
The Obama administration's goal is to have 100,000 organizations join the site between now and the 10th anniversary of 9/11 so people can locate volunteer opportunities across the country.
Partner networks including the Corporation for National and Community Service, HandsOn Network and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum ("9/11 Memorial") provide volunteer opportunities, charitable causes and remembrance-related activities.
Beyond guiding individuals to volunteer opportunities, the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance promotes honoring victims their families. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York is asking for participation in permanent projects and installations to pay tribute to the thousands of lives directly and indirectly affected by the day's events.
The site also offers a first-ever list of comprehensive education resources that includes 18 different lesson plans for teachers to use to awareness of the events of 9/11.
There are many ways to participate in this day of service and remembrance.
If you are in the New York area, you can add your name to the list of volunteers for the NYC service project but there are also national long-term volunteer opportunities you can participate in.
Here are 11 ways you can remember those lost and give back to your community on Saturday and any day of the year.