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Of course, it is right to grieve and remember the events that took place on this day in 2001, but an equal hope behind the day is that it can be redeemed – so that the terrorists do not have the last word and this instead becomes a day of unity and service.

Millions of Americans participate in different activities, events, and ceremonies each year to honor this remembrance and service event.

The hope is that the people of the US, and perhaps even around the world, will turn this day from one of tragedy into one that offers an opportunity for doing good.

History of September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

National Day of Service and Remembrance was originally founded by a non-profit organization called My Good Deed.

This event goes along with what some people celebrate in the US as Patriot Day, which was declared by President George W. Bush in 2002.

Later, the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance became federally recognized by the US government as part of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which was adopted in 2009 and also includes Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

It was also during that year President Barack Obama made this day official with a presidential proclamation.

How to Observe September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

While this is a somber moment in the life of the United States, it is also an important time to replace hate with love and replace acts of harm with service.

Consider some of these ideas for observing and honoring this National Day of Service and Remembrance:

Attend a September 11 Memorial Service

Pay honor and respect to those 2,977 souls who lost their lives and thousands more who were injured at the hands of terrorists in the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

In commemoration of this day, groups throughout the country, including churches, schools, entities in the public service sector, and more, will hold gatherings that may include memorial services, ceremonies, or a moment of silence.

Serve in the Community

With an eye toward turning this event into a day of good triumphing over evil, people across the nation are encouraged to perform acts of service in their neighborhoods and communities.

Celebrate the September 11 National Day of Service by volunteering with a charity, making a donation to a food bank, or joining in on a National Fallen Fighters stair climb event.

Support the 9/11 Memorial & Museum

You can visit or donate to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, which is located in New York City at the site of the World Trade Center buildings.

The museum is free and open to the public, offering an opportunity for anyone to hear stories, view artifacts and pay their respects.

The memorial relies on donations from those who want to help remember, reflect, and learn for the future.

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