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.
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