As I thought about a blog topic for this week, the 9/11 Memorial Patriot’s Day and National Day of Remembrance and Service was in the front of my mind. My daughter is in a U.S. society class and to help the kids see how history is relevant to them they are collecting information of major family events from the years 2001 to present. The first question she asked was “Where were you on 9/11?”
The 9/11 National Day of Remembrance and Service was started in 2002 to honor victims, their families, survivors, and responders of the tragedy. Being a part of this remembrance can help not only survivors and families but also volunteers feel more connected to and proud of our community and its strengths.
Volunteering on any level not only benefits those we serve but our own sense of well-being. It connects us to others, build self-confidence, can help combat depression, keep us physically active, and offers opportunities for career connections as described in the article here http://www.helpguide.org/articles/work-career/volunteering-and-its-surprising-benefits.htm.
Not only does volunteering offer these benefits but it strengthens communities and fosters a sense of pride and connectedness between people. To find out more and learn how you can get involved you can go to the National Day or Remembrance and Service official site at http://www.serve.gov/?q=site-page/september-11th-national-day-service-and-remembrance. As for me I’ll be hugging my kids, calling my family, volunteering at the neighborhood school, and offering up well wishes for all those affected by 9/11.