WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, on Patriot Day, the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service remembers the innocent lives lost, the bravery of those who responded, and the remarkable spirit of unity and compassion that swept the country in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks eighteen years ago. In honoring the victims, first responders, and citizens who stood up to serve our nation, Commissioners joined millions of Americans and participated in the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.
“In response to that day of tragedy, Americans came together in a remarkable spirit of patriotism, unity, and service,” said Vice Chair Debra Wada. “Our Commission wants to rekindle that spirit and make service a common expectation of citizenship. Our vision is that every American is encouraged and inspired to serve.”
Since September 11, 2001, millions of Americans have come together with a common purpose to honor 9/11 and commemorate the tragedy through volunteer service. Together, they represent a shared belief that by neighbor helping neighbor, we can make our country stronger and better for decades to come. Vice Chair Debra Wada and Commissioners Ed Allard, Avril Haines, and Shawn Skelly joined this tradition.
Vice Chair Debra Wada cleaned headstones and beautified grounds at the Alexandria National Cemetery as part of a national service project taking place at 40 national cemeteries across the country organized by Carry the Load in partnership with the National Cemetery Association.
Commissioner Ed Allard attended the Los Angeles Fire Department’s annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony and then joined Mayor Eric Garcetti and thousands of volunteers in a meal-packing service project.
Commissioner Avril Haines served alongside Barbara Stewart, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), and more than 5,000 volunteers to pack more than 1 million dry meals for individuals at risk of hunger in a project organized by 911Day.org at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City.
On Saturday, September 14th, Commissioner Shawn Skelly will join veterans and volunteers serving through The Mission Continues to paint a maintenance shed and remove invasive species from the aquatic gardens at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens in Washington, D.C.
The National Commission on Military, National and Public Service is an 11-member bipartisan commission tasked for the first time in American history, with comprehensively and holistically reviewing the Selective Service System, along with military, national, and public service. The Commission hopes to ignite a national conversation about ideas of service as it develops recommendations for the Congress, the President, and the American public by March 2020.
The Commission’s vision is every American inspired and eager to serve, and there are many ways to get involved. Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor the American lives that were lost, and transform a day of tragedy into a day of service. The Corporation for National and Community Service provides service opportunities on their website, NationalService.Gov/911Day.