Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Making 9/11 A National Day Of Service


More than seven years after terrorist attacks on America left nearly 3,000 people dead, Congress took a major step today toward establishing September 11 as an annually recognized National Day of Service.

Many family members and others have already, on their own, set aside the anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon as one where they devote service to their communities. They feel, as to proponents of the legislation, that such a day is a fitting memorial to those who died there and in Shanksville, PA.

The language to transform 9/11 into a National Day of Service and Remembrance has been included in the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act, or GIVE Act. The bill, which was introduced today, authorizes federal support for many innovative national service programs.

If enacted by Congress, September 11 would be observed in ways similar to Martin Luther King Day. People would voluntarily engage in remembrance through personal and organized service activities and reflection but 9/11 would not become a federal holiday.

“To transform 9/11 from a day of terrible evil to a day of national service and unity would be nothing short of historic, and today our nation has taken a giant step in that direction with the introduction of the GIVE Act,” said David Paine, president and founder of MyGoodDeed.org.

“A national call to service each 9/11 will remind people of the remarkable spirit of unity we shared as a nation in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, ensuring that future generations understand that 9/11 was not only about evil but also about the remarkable expression of compassion and unity by Americans and people around the world in response to the needs of others for help.”

The effort is supported by many 9/11 families.

We talk about this and other issues weekdays at 5 PM New York time on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com


Anonymous said...

I can only hope, and pray, that this day of service involves helping out as part of homeland security efforts on a local level. And Gary, wouldn't it be grand if PALTALK honored this day of service by having an official 9-11 service sign up room? Maybe do a fund raiser for those who assisted after 911 and who are now very ill? Or something?

Just an idea.

-LD McLellan

David said...

Hi Gary, Thanks so much for posting this item on your blog. Jay Winuk, my cofounder, and I greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word. We started the 9/11 Day of Service because we wanted something positive to come from the death of nearly 3,000 people, including Jay's brother Glenn. Glenn, an attorney who worked in downtown Manhattan, was trained as a volunteer EMT. When the WTC was attacked, he ran into the WTC towers to help and was killed when the buildings collapsed. By creating 9/11 as a day of service, we hope to honor his life and the lives of so many others by rekindling -- at least for one day -- the spirit of unity we all shared after 9/11. It is the legacy that we hope to leave in tribute to all 9/11 victims. Please encourage all of your readers to observe 9/11 each year by taking time to help someone they know through any random act of kindness or compassion. I also invite you to post the following video on your site, which captures of essence of the 9/11 spirit of unity and service, as expressed through the words of 9/11 family members and first responders. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVnW1bexU48


David Paine, Founder, MyGoodDeed.org

Anonymous said...

@ LD McLellan: Are you kidding? Spend the day helping out Homeland Security? Go peeking thru your neighbors windows on your own time, and don't ask me to do it.


david.paine said...

See the new Website just launched today for the 9/11 Day of Service, www.911dayofservice.org