“Out of evil came good.”

The anniversary of September 11th is fast approaching–a day that will be forever marked in this nation’s collective memory. In commenting on the horror that occurred on the morning of Tuesday, September 11th, 2001, President Bush proclaimed that, “Our nation was deeply wounded.”  The President went on to say that, “Out of evil came good.”

September 11, 2012, marks the eleventh anniversary of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, when nineteen (19) suicidal terrorist hijackers crashed four (4) planes headed for New York City, New York and Washington, DC. In response to the atrocities that were committed on Tuesday, September 10, 2001 a movement grew to have good concur with evil via provision of community service nationwide.

The date of September 11th, 2001 will be indelibly etched in the collective memory of every American. Upon learning of the devastation and the tremendous loss of lives, our nation gasped in horror at the senseless loss of life. On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, two (2) planes hit the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. The third plane hit the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth plane crashed in field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  Almost three thousand (3,000) people perished and countless lives are forever changed. As the President so aptly stated on this memorable day “Our nation was deeply wounded.”

“Out of evil will come good.” “Beginning in 2002, family members who lost loved ones in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and support groups began to seek a forward-looking tribute to honor the sacrifice of those lost and pay tribute to those who rose in service in response to the tragedy. By encouraging Americans to participate in service and remembrance activities on the 9/11 anniversary, family members wanted to provide 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 their efforts to build support for this idea, September 11 has been designated a National Day of Service and Remembrance. The 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance was established into law by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in 2009, and is consistent with President Obama’s overall call to service, United We Serve.” (Corporation for National and Community Service website).

In honor and in celebration of the almost 3000 persons that lost their lives on 9/11, please join countless persons nationwide participating in service and remembrance activities on September 11, 2012.

Sources: Corporation for National and Community Service website. Wikipedia. Photo credit: Microsoft Clip Art

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