Remembering September 11th
On September 11th, 2001 the United States was forever changed when we experienced four tragic terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3000 innocent men, women, and children in New York, Pennsylvania, and the Washington D.C. area. Shortly after the attacks, President Bush signed into law that every September 11th would be designated as “Patriot Day,” a national day of mourning and remembrance. On this day every year, every American flag should be flown at half staff, and every American is asked to observe a moment of silence, beginning at 8:46 am EST, when the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center Towers.
In 2009, Congress encouraged Americans to channel their remembrance efforts into positive actions when they passed a law recognizing September 11th as a “National Day of Service and Remembrance.” This law encourages Americans to volunteer and serve in their communities to honor the lives that were lost in the attacks. In 2012, President Barack Obama said:
“Today, as we remember the victims, their families, and the heroes who stood up during one of our country’s darkest moments, I invite all Americans to reclaim that abiding spirit of compassion by serving their communities in the days and weeks ahead. From volunteering with a faith-based organization, to collecting food and clothing for those in need, to preparing care packages for our men and women in uniform, there are many ways to bring service into our everyday lives — and each of us can do something.”
Like many major life experiences, most of us can remember where we were or what we were doing when we heard the news of 9/11. Volunteering in your community or pausing to think about how far we’ve come as a nation over the past 12 years reminds us how much we have to be thankful for as individuals; and for those of us in the elections industry, it’s humbling to remember the part we play supporting that democratic process.
Tomorrow, Printelect will be observing a moment of silence as we begin our day here in the office, and we encourage you to do so as well.
*For more information on volunteering in your community, visit www.serve.gov, a site operated by the federal agency charged with promoting volunteerism across America.