Movement marks 9/11 anniversary with good deeds
Twelve years ago today, our nation watched in horror as terrorists attacked New York and Washington, D.C. The World Trade Center’s twin towers collapsed as we watched on television, while flames engulfed a section of the Pentagon, and a plane exploded on impact in a field in Shanksville, Penn.
The impact was felt deeply across our country as we mourned the losses together, and pledged to rebuild while at the same time striking back at those who caused us pain.
And in the aftermath of that pain and devastation, there was a spirit of togetherness, as patriotic Americans dusted off their U.S. flags and flew them high. Others volunteered to help where they could or sent donations to the victims and their families.
There was also a groundswell of support for our troops, who were sent off to fight our enemies on foreign soil far from home.
But today, 12 years later, that spirit of togetherness, of community support, of helping one’s neighbor seems to have faded into the background.
And yet, families are still reeling from the attacks, from those who lost loved ones to those who have loved ones deployed overseas.
There is, however, a movement underway nationwide that hopes to make a difference. 9/11 Day is a nonprofit effort designed to observe Sept. 11 as a day of charitable service and doing good deeds. The movement says its goal is to remember and pay tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, while honoring those who served in response to the attacks, according to their website, www.911day.org.
It’s a simple, elegant idea. Organizers ask that people simply take a moment from their day to perform a good deed, be it by making a meal for a neighbor in need, volunteering for the day with a local organization, or simply by stopping to thank a fireman or police officer.
Other examples of pledges on the site include:
• I will volunteer at my local soup kitchen
• I will say something nice to a stranger
• I will teach someone to read
The site also allows participants to enter their zip code to find out what volunteer opportunities are available in their community – and there are several listed for the Yuma/Winterhaven area.
It’s a terrific concept, and one that we fully support.
Today, take a moment to do a good deed, and honor the victims of Sept. 11, 2001.