September 11 will always be a tragic day in American history. But in the years since the attacks, it has become a day to honor the victims and survivors by doing good.
In 2002, two friends created the organization now known as MyGoodDeed. Since then, more than 20 other leaders from the 9/11 community banded together in support of the 9/11 Day Observance. With their help in 2009, September 11 was officially designated as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, and every year more and more people join in the movement to volunteer time or make a contribution in any way they can to a cause that’s important to them.
Last year, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, MyGoodDeed partnered with the HandsOn Network to help organize the largest day of charitable service in US history.
“9/11 Day is the international non-profit movement to observe September 11 every year as a day of charitable service and doing good deeds. We created this observance soon after 9/11 to provide a positive way to forever remember and pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, honor those that rose in service in response to the attacks, and remind people of the importance of working more closely together in peace to improve our world. Today millions participate annually by taking time out on 9/11 to help others in need, in their own way.”
In observance of September 11, the 9/11 Day movement encourages you to pledge a good deed by completing this sentence: “I will…” The possibilities for doing good are endless. Here are just a few examples:
On 911day.org, you can also search for volunteer opportunities in your area and enter your pledge for September 11 and beyond.
Do you have any September 11 traditions or observances? How will you honor the day?