9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance Projects Taking Place in All 50 States — LeeAnn Rimes at the Bayonne 9/11 teardrop Video — Have you Forgotten? September 11th Tribute- 9/11 Remembrance Video — Project 2996: Remembering the lost of 9/11 — Never Forget — May We Never Forget – 9-11 Tribute — 911 – One year after Video


Thursday, September 10, 2009

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9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance Projects Taking Place in All 50 States

Washington D.C. – The first officially-designated September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance will be marked by service projects in all 50 states, with tens 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 and first responders.“I call upon all Americans to join in service and honor the lives we lost, the heroes who responded in our hour of need, and the brave men and women in uniform who continue to protect our country at home and abroad,” said President Obama in a proclamation regarding Patriot Day and the National Day of Remembrance and Service issued today. “Working together, we can usher in a new era in which volunteering and more service is a way of life for all Americans. Deriving strength from tragedy, we can write the next great chapter in our Nation’s history and ensure that future generations continue to enjoy the promise of America.”The September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of a seven-year effort started by 9/11 family members and support groups to establish the service day as a way to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11 and to rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that followed the attacks. September 11 was officially recognized as a National Day of Service and Remembrance by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, passed with strong bipartisan support and signed into law by President Obama in April.

September 11 also marks the end of the summer phase of President Obama’s United We Serve initiative and its transition to a long-term, sustained effort. Since the launch of United We Serve in June, Americans have responded enthusiastically to the President’s call to service by replenishing food banks, preventing summer reading loss, supporting veterans and military families, and meeting other needs.

Those interested in serving on September 11 can find volunteer opportunities and do-it-yourself project ideas for September 11 by visiting Serve.gov, the website created by the Corporation for National and Community Service to support United We Serve. The site features more than 250,000 volunteer opportunities for service throughout the year.

Working through Corporation for National and Community Service state offices and Governor-appointed state service commissions, the following 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance projects have been identified for all 50 states, Washington DC and Guam. These are small sample of projects that are taking place across the country.

Project 2996: Remembering the lost of 9/11

Hot Air: By Ed Morrissey

Eight years ago today at this very moment, the first of four hijacked planes hit the World Trade Center, setting off  a day of death and destruction and awakening America to the real threat of radical Islamist terrorism.  The individual victims often get forgotten in the enormity of the loss of 2,996 men, women and children, and perhaps there’s a reason for that.  The horror of each individual loss would likely overwhelm us if we thought about it all of the time, if we think about the deaths each of them endured, simply because they lived in America and murderous nutcases hated them for it.

On the eighth anniversary of 9/11, we need to remember each of the victims as people, and Project 2996 helps us do that.  Bloggers will write memorials today for each of the people lost on that terrible day.   I have the honor of remembering Cesar Garcia, 36 years old, who worked for Marsh & McLennan on the 96th floor of North Tower, WTC 1.  In fact, Cesar worked in the impact zone, where American Flight 11 hit the North Tower, and Cesar may have been one of the first tower casualties in a bloody day.  Marsh & McLennan lost 295 people that day, second only to Cantor Fitzgerald, which lost 658 employees.

We know Cesar as a victim, but not much about him in life.  Cesar was only a couple of years younger than me, and apparently a success in business, working for a well-respected firm in the World Trade Center in the hub of global trade.  I have no idea how many family members Cesar left behind, what his politics were, whether he was a Yankees or Mets fan.  Like most people in this country, Cesar worked hard and had a normal life, and had no reason to expect it would end violently.

I wish I could tell you more about Cesar personally.  I think, being close to the same age and with both of us working in corporate environments (half a continent apart), we would have found much in common.  We both worked in information technology, for instance, and no one bonds like computer enthusiasts.  Unfortunately, I won’t ever have the chance to know Cesar, and he will never have the opportunity to give us his full contribution — and we are all the poorer for it.

If Cesar survived the initial impact, I suspect I know how he would have spent his final minutes.  Like so many others in those towers, he would have looked for escape, but he also would have looked out for the people around him.  He would have helped the wounded and found the trapped, if he had the chance to do it.  Why do I assume that?  Because so many in the towers did exactly that, trying to help their fellow Americans survive, right up to the last moment of their lives.

I’m sorry I never got to know Cesar Garcia, 36 years old at the time of his murder by lunatics.  I’ll bet he was one hell of a man.  Rest in peace, Cesar.  You are not forgotten.

Addendum: Three years ago, I had the honor of remembering Ysidro Hidalgo-Tejada at Captain’s Quarters.  Not long after posting my memorial, I received a very touching note from Ysidro’s family.  Please read it and remember a very kind and loving father whose children have a large, painful gap in their lives to this day.


Never Forget

Fox News: Cal Thomas

“Remember the Alamo,” “Remember the Maine,” “Remember Pearl Harbor” were slogans from our past. Their purpose was to remind us of why we went to war. Those wars ended. This one hasn’t and so we must remember why we are at war and the objectives of our enemy.

It’s been eight years. Hasn’t that been long enough? Do we have to keep reminding ourselves again and again of that day in 2001 when for so many Americans the earth stood still?

We do, indeed, have to continually reminds ourselves of that day. We forget at a cost and the cost will be the same price — or worse — that we paid on 9-11-01.

“Why didn’t we see it coming?” was one of the most often asked questions about that fateful day. The answer is that we were pre-occupied with trivialities such as shark sightings and which celebrities were sleeping with other celebrities. Forgetting will make us vulnerable again.

“Remember the Alamo,” “Remember the Maine,” “Remember Pearl Harbor” were slogans from our past. Their purpose was to remind us of why we went to war. Those wars ended. This one hasn’t and so we must remember why we are at war and the objectives of our enemy.

We are being infiltrated by radicals and fundamentalists who know our ways and our laws and intend to use them against us to achieve their goals which include the destruction of this country and a transformation of our way of life. These are people who believe their God wants us dead. How many of them are among us? No one knows for sure, but they blend in with peaceful Muslims, as they do in other countries, and defy us to root them out. They are supported by the Saudis, who are funding mosques and Islamic schools, many with not so hidden agendas.

Our enemies want us to forget 9/11. We will do so at our peril. The war goes on. The resistance must continue or our freedoms will surely die.The only question is: which side has the staying power to win. They’re betting we don’t. Remember 9-11. Remember the dead. Remember.





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Pajamas Media – Eight Years After 9/11: Are We Getting Complacent?

WTOP – Sept. 11 training exercise sparks confusion in DC (CG Exercise On 911??)

Big Hollywood PJTV – Honoring September 11th: The Price of Liberty is Great; the Gifts of Liberty Priceless (Good Video)

Mudville Gazette – 911 Remembered: Rick Rescorla was a soldier

The Anchoress – 9/11, Eight Years On

Washington Times – The green-washing of Sept. 11

New York Post – Betraying our dead

Michelle Malkin – Eight years later: Listen

NRO – Our National 9/11 Schizophrenia

Sept 11th World memorial – http://www.world-memorial.org

National Sept 11 memorial – http://www.national911memorial.org

Pentagon memorialhttp://www.whs.mil/memorial/

Flight 93 memorial – http://www.nps.gov/flni/index.htm

Sept 11 Day of Servicehttp://www.911dayofservice.org/

Sept 11 Patch Projecthttp://www.9-11patchproject.org/

Television Archive – The September 11th Collection