9/11 Established as National Day of Service and Remembrance

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Last month, President Barack Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act into law, authorizing that September 11 be annually recognized as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Although not a federal holiday, the anniversary of September 11, 2001, will be observed as a day for citizens to voluntarily engage in community service.

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Representative Peter King (R-NY) worked with the sponsors of the Serve America Act to include language establishing 9/11 as a day of service.

“I have been active in seeking a service day for years,” said Rep. King. “America came together in the aftermath of 9/11, reminding us what it truly means to be part of this great nation. By making 9/11 a national day of service, that same spirit of giving will continue in a day of remembrance, unity, and selflessness.”

The new legislation authorizes the Corporation of National and Community Service, which oversees federal national service programs, to make grants and provide other assistance to community nonprofits and other groups that wish to organize activities in honor of September 11. Cultivating a spirit of volunteerism and service is a priority for the new Administration. The Serve America Act, which goes into effect October 1, creates new opportunities for citizens to become engaged in, and give back to, their communities. Learn more at www.nationalservice.gov/about/serveamerica/index.asp.

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