Mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends—so many were lost.
Sept. 11, 2001 is a grave day to remember, but the powerful display of selflessness and service from responders across the country changed the nation forever.
Patriot Day is now also recognized as National Day of Service and Remembrance, as declared by President Barack Obama on Sept. 10, 2012, and there are countless ways you can be of service.
“Even the simplest act of kindness can be a way to honor those we have lost,” writes Obama in his proclamation that can be found on the White House’s website.
Simple acts of kindness can make a world of difference, whether it’s listening to someone in need, putting a coin in an expired meter or volunteering in a community.
The Thayne Center for Service and Learning located at the Taylorsville Redwood campus is one place to get involved in community service.
Service positions vary from tutoring to civic engagement. Currently, there are four different work-study positions available to SLCC students.
The SLCC Community Writing Center and International Student Services also provide a number of service opportunities.
In addition to flying flags at half-staff and observing a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., simple acts of kindness or community service are ways of commemorating the victims of 9/11.
But don’t stop at today.
“Let us show that America’s sense of common purpose need not be a fleeting moment, but a lasting virtue – not just on one day, but every day,” writes Obama.
Happy Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.