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Joseph -- National Day of Service and Remembrance:

Be the good

Posted: September 10, 2015 3:28 p.m.
Updated: September 11, 2015 1:00 a.m.

What if on just one day out of 365, every able person in our country performed a single good deed?

Can we imagine this day when lines in the sand suddenly disappeared and walls came down right before us allowing millions of spontaneous acts of kindness and generosity to happen? Could we set aside for 24 hours our opinions, our disagreements, our biases, to carry out good deeds with the genuine intention of being helpful and no expectation for compensation of any form? And can we wonder where the inspiration and motivation for these charitable acts would come from? Who could be charged with this enormous task? 

The “who” are those we lost and those who united in response on September 11, 2001. Fourteen years ago today, America saw the worst terrorist attack on its soil. Americans responded loud and clear and inadvertently kindled a spirit of unity and compassion across our nation. From this spark, the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance was born. Starting in 2002, 9/11 family and support groups wanted to provide a productive and respectful way to honor the memory of those who were lost while also keeping alive an atmosphere of wholeness in our country. As a result of their efforts, the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance was established into law in 2009. This day is supported collaboratively by the Corporation for National Community Service and the nonprofit MyGoodDeed, which organizes each year the 9/11 “I Will” campaign on behalf of the 9/11 community.

Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Americans came together with a remarkable mindset of patriotism and compassion. Given the tragedy and heroism associated with 9/11, family members believed the best way to mark the anniversary is to remember the innocent lives lost and to partner with others in service efforts which will meet local needs and restore the attitude of unity that followed 9/11. Since 2001, more than 2 million U.S. troops have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Engaging in service on and around 9/11 is also an appropriate and honorable way to salute those who rose in service on 9/11 and those who continue to serve our country today. 

Participation on this day of service has grown every year, exceeding 40 million participants annually. Today, the United Way of Kershaw County is sponsoring a “Day of Caring” to strengthen our community through volunteering and they still need volunteers!

Good deeds know no limits and are welcomed in any size and many forms. “Great things are … a series of small things brought together.” --Vincent Van Gogh

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