September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

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On September 11, 2001, I was on my seventh-grade class field trip to a national park in a nearby town. We spent the morning learning about plants and bugs and exploring the trails. We loaded up on the old bus around noon and started the hour drive back home. When we pulled up to the school we immediately knew something was wrong. The parking lot was empty except for a few of the administrator’s vehicles. I remember walking into the main hallway and seeing our principal watching the news on an old television right there in front of the doors.

Where were you?

Almost every generation of Americans has at least one “this is where I was when” moment. JFK’s assassination, the Challenger exploding, and for Millennials it is undoubtedly the terror attacks of September 11. In response, a 2009 federal legislation was passed to make September 11 a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

The September 11 National Day of Service started “as a way to voluntarily support non-profits, perform positive work and engage in other service activities in observance of the anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001.” Per the agency’s web site, the goal of 9/11 Day is “to keep alive the spirit of unity and compassion that arose in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks.”

Make a difference in your community in honor of America’s brave response to terror. (If you need help finding a non-profit to volunteer with, visit and enter your location.) Examples of great activities include painting and refurbishing homes, organizing food drives, reclaiming neighborhoods, helping communities be prepared for disasters, and organizing activities that support and honor veterans, soldiers, military families, and first responders.

One of our favorite organizations is Pain Free Patriots! Visit there website to learn more


We Will Never Forget.

-Sarah Krotz

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