11 Sep 2013

Remembering 9/11 – What You Can Do

Where were you when you heard the news? Most Americans watched from a safe distance at home or work while hundreds of first responders selflessly risked their lives for the safety of our nation and its people. Today we remember the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. They will never be forgotten, and our thoughts go out to their friends and families.

“Even the simplest act of kindness can be a way to honor those we have lost, and to help build stronger communities and a more resilient Nation. By joining together on this solemn anniversary, let us show that America’s sense of common purpose need not be a fleeting moment, but a lasting virtue — not just on one day, but every day.” Read more here.
  • Take a moment of silence to honor all those who lost their lives 12 years ago today and those serving and giving their all to protect our freedoms as Americans
  • Give blood – the American Red Cross hosts an annual blood drive every year on 9/11 – http://www.redcrossblood.org/
  • Display American Flags at half-staff on in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001
  • Volunteer in your community – To get involved and find a local service opportunity, visit http://www.serve.gov/
  • Donate food, clothing or volunteer to help out at your local Veterans organizations According to a recent U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are more than 62,000 homeless veterans on any given night. Factors such as the lingering effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and access to health care all contribute to the homeless veteran challenge. – http://www.volunteer.va.gov/apps/VolunteerNow/
  • Honor your local first responders by preparing and delivering baked goods to the Fire Departments, Police Departments and Sheriff’s Departments
  • Donate to the Stamp of Support campaign, payable to H.E.R.O.E.S. Care, to cover $13.45 per box of supplies for deployed troops –http://heroescare.org/
  • Take notice and be grateful for the courageous American sons, daughters, husbands, wives, fathers and mothers who spend many months away from their families to serve during wartime

 

 

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