National Day of Service and Remembrance
Also known as
annually on September 11th (since 2002)
MyGoodDeed in 2002
National Day of Service and Remembrance is the largest annual day of charitable service in the United States, when 30 million Americans participate. It was founded by the nonprofit MyGoodDeed in 2002, and its mission "is to transform 9/11 into a day of unity, empathy and service as an enduring and positive tribute to those lost and injured on 9/11, and the many who rose in service in response to the attacks, including first responders, recovery workers, volunteers and members of our military." The day was formally recognized by federal law by the passage of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which passed in 2009. Beginning in 2009, President Obama's proclamation for Patriot Day also included a proclamation for National Day of Service and Remembrance Day.
How to Observe
In President Obama's initial proclamation for National Day of Service and Remembrance, he said the day "is an opportunity to salute the heroes of 9/11, recapture the spirit of unity and compassion that inspired our Nation following the attacks, and rededicate ourselves to sustained service to our communities." He also called on the "people of the United States to participate in community service in honor of those our Nation lost". The day can be observed by donating and volunteering. The official website for the day also has lesson plans and teaching resources that can be used on the day.