Remembering September 11, 2001

 

Seth Moulton, a Congressman from the 6th District in MA, recently sent a letter to schools with the following message:

On September 11th, we will come together to remember one of the most tragic days in the history of our great country. Sixteen years ago, our nation suffered a terrible loss that shook us to our core. We mourned those who were lost, and we never allowed the tragedy to divide us. As we join again in remembrance of September 11th, it is important to remember the sense of duty and commitment that we share as Americans. President Barack Obama immortalized this idea when he signed a bill to make September 11th a national day of service, saying: “Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.”

 
All students at IACS participate in community service as part of our advisory program, and students in National Honor Society participate in even more service projects as part of their commitment for membership. Many of you take part in community service events on your own, and some of you even organize and lead these events inside or outside of school. 
 
As 9/11 approaches, I wanted to share with you a government organization that focuses entirely on community service. It is called the Corporation for National and Community Service. Their website https://www.serve.gov/ has lots of information that would be helpful for you if you are interested in finding more ways to serve the community. You can find volunteer opportunities, post your own service projects in an effort to recruit more volunteers, or share your story about a recent service project.

 
IACS students already are doing great things to serve the community, and honoring 9/11 as a Day of Service and Remembrance is just one more way for you all to continue your good work.

 

Information from the Corporation for National & Community Service website:

  • Beginning in 2002, family members who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks lead the effort for an appropriate and fitting tribute to honor their loved ones and those who volunteered to serve our country in response to the tragedy.
     
  • In addition to tributes and commemorations, they sought to establish a national tradition that engaged our country in volunteer service that was forward looking and helped those in need, creating a lasting legacy for their loved ones.
     
  • The leadership and efforts of these family members resulted in the legislative establishment of the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance in April of 2009. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) was charged with supporting this effort across the county.
     
  • Each year, CNCS works with 9/11Day.org, our grantees, and faith-based, local, and national organizations to expand volunteering that honors the sacrifice of the families affected by September 11, 2001.