The tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks were marked by service projects in all 50 states, with hundreds of thousands of volunteers expected to turn out to paint and refurbish homes, run food drives, spruce up schools, reclaim neighborhoods, and support and honor veterans, soldiers, military families, and first responders.
The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of an effort originally launched in 2002 by 9/11 family members and support groups, who worked to establish the charitable service day as a forward-looking way to honor the 9/11 victims, survivors and others who rose up in service in response to the attacks.
In 2009, Congress designated September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) with supporting this effort across the country. For the tenth anniversary, CNCS, MyGoodDeed, and HandsOn Network led an effort to organize one of the largest days of charitable service in U.S. history.
Thousands of projects took place across the country, ranging from food drives and school beautification to disaster preparation and neighborhood cleanups, with many focused on supporting veterans, soldiers, military families, and first responders.
Volunteers create a wall mural in the library of West Education Campus, a K - 8 public school in Washington, DC. The volunteers were at the school as part of a September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance event organized by HandsOn Greater DC Cares and U.S. Vets -- United States Veterans Initiative. The event was attended by over 200 White House and Corporation for National and Community Staff and their families. (Corporation photo by Sam Kittner, 2011)