In 2002, family members who lost loved ones in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks as well as support groups and other organizations began to seek forward-looking tributes to honor the sacrifice of those who were lost and honor to those who rose in service in response to the tragedy. Encouraging Americans to participate in service and remembrance activities on the anniversary of 9/11 anniversary is a productive and respectful way to honor those who perished and rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that swept our nation after 9/11 to help meet the challenges we face today.
Because of efforts to build support for this idea, September 11 was designated The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance by the 2009 Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.
The Democracy Commitment encourages its member institutions to honor those lost to the tragic events of 9/11 and to sponsor educational and community-building events to commemorate this National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Please check TDC News for descriptions of what TDC Member Institutions have done to honor September 11. The following are links to some resources that may be useful to you as you plan your September 11 observance.
- A Discussion Guide: One Nation, Many Beliefs: Talking About Religion in a Diverse Democracy (2011) from Everyday Democracy
National Organizations that support 9/11 Activities
- Americans for Informed Democracy (http://www.be2021.org/)
- 9/11 Day.org (http://www.911day.org/)
- 9/11 National Day of Service (http://www.911dayofservice.org/)
- 9/11 Memorial (http://www.911memorial.org/)
- Corporation for National and Community Service (http://www.serve.gov/sept11.asp)
- Voices of September 11 (http://voicesofseptember11.org/dev/index.php)