September 11, 2009

National Day of Service and Remembrance

If you want to honor the thousands of people who died on this day 8 years ago, do a good deed. That's the message from Jay Winuk, whose brother Glenn, a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician, died trying to save lives at the World Trade Center.

Because of his mission to turn the anniversary of the terrorist attacks into something other than sorrow, Congress and the President have officially recognized 9/11 as a day of good deeds. The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act establishes September 11th as the National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Winuk stresses that it's not a holiday. "It's not about taking a day off and doing something fun. It's a day for reflection and action, a day when ordinary people are encouraged to do a good deed."

If YOU want to do a good deed, My Good Deed and ServiceNation are coordinating thousands of projects. But if you can't take the day off to volunteer, reaching out to someone else in a gesture of kindness counts.

Kindness always counts. Sometimes I think it may be our greatest hope for the future. If you volunteer today or reach out to someone else, please share YOUR good deed in the Comments section. We'd love to hear about it.

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