Twelve years have passed since the terrible events of 9/11, when nearly 3,000 people died at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the field over Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It was an indelible moment in the history of this country, never to be forgotten. Many of those who died were first responders who gave their lives or put their lives at risk to save others. Only last month did we learn that more than 1,000 people who worked or lived near Ground Zero, have since contracted cancer; the sacrifice continues and so must our support and appreciation. So in honor of their service and sacrifice, the Los Angeles Fire Department will hold a memorial service at the Los Angeles Fire Department Museum and Firefighter Memorial in Hollywood. There will be several other events where a moment of silence will be observed. Never will we forget the men and women who sacrificed so much; we can only do our best to honor them by giving our time and dedication to service to make this country better and stronger.
For those who cannot attend a memorial service, there is an opportunity to remember those who died by participating in the National Day of Service and Remembrance, which was designated by Congress in 2009. MyGoodDeed and numerous other organizations have partnered to implement one of the largest days of charitable service in U.S. history. In years past, thousands of volunteers have taken the day to paint and refurbish homes, run food drives, spruce up schools, reclaim neighborhoods, support and honor veterans, soldiers, military families, and first responders. To find opportunities to serve during this year’s September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance, please click here.
Below is a list of ceremonies and services Wednesday: