9/11 has scarred all of us forever. The question is: how do we make sense of what happened, and how can we move forward?
Each year, as September 11th approaches, the nation relives the unspeakable events and tragic loss of that day. But because of the organizers of the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, September 11th is no longer just about mourning, but about community, giving back, and hope.
To keep alive the spirit of compassion and service that united Americans in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, September 11th is now federally recognized as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, establishing a tradition of national engagement in charitable acts as a tribute to the victims, survivors and first responders of 9/11.
The observance of this day is led by MyGoodDeed, a nonprofit dedicated to using the power of service to overcome the tragedy of September 11th. It’s an organization borne out of a very personal connection to the 9/11 tragedy, as co-founder Jay Winuk’s brother, Glenn, was killed in the line of duty as a volunteer firefighter that day, after helping to evacuate the Twin Towers-based law office where he worked as a partner. Inspired by his brother’s heroism and dedication to community service, Jay and his friend, David Paine, launched the 9/11 Day Observance initiative.
More than a day of volunteering, the National Day of Service and Remembrance is filled with commemorative events, charitable acts and community outreach. The collective community service is led throughout the country by nonprofits, service organizations and corporate philanthropy programs as a living memorial to the victims and heroes of 9/11, and as a reminder of the importance of working more closely together in peace to improve our world.