We Will Remember
It is a day that will never be forgotten and perhaps the defining moment for the United States in the first half of the 21st Century. The unprecedented attacks on American soil that took place September 11, 2001 are being remembered by Washingtonians and the rest of the world in a number of ways. September 3 through September 11 the National Museum of American History will show a selection of objects at the museum on open tables, without cases, and with short labels in what it is calling Remembrance and Reflection. According to press notes the intent is to give visitors an intimate experience that will help make this historic day more real in their memories and stimulate them to reflect on its significance. This is just one piece of a multi platform 10th anniversary commemoration.
First Lady Michelle Obama along with the National Corporation for Community Service are encouraging Americans to observe September 11 as a National Day of Service. In many areas, volunteers will honor veterans, soldiers, or first responders by collecting donations, assembling care packages, and writing thank you letters. If you would like to volunteer, please you can find a location near you here. An additional resource is the official website for the “I Will” movement.
Locally, on Sunday, September 11, HandsOn Greater DC Cares and Serve DC – the Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism will commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by hosting Tribute to Service – Honoring the Victims, Survivors, and Heroes of 9/11 at Freedom Plaza in downtown Washington, DC. The tribute serves as a time for community members to rekindle the spirit of service that emerged following the attacks of 9/11. Attendees will have an opportunity engage in onsite service projects, connect to volunteerism throughout the year by participating in our volunteer fair featuring nonprofits from Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia and participate in our tribute program. Ironically, or perhaps intentionally the Washington Redskins will host the New York Giants at FedEx Field.