|September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City: View of the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty. (Image: US National Park Service ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Almost immediately I received responses from readers chastizing me for sending something out that had a mistake it in. "Oh my god, I can't believe you wrote it was only 10 years..." You get the gist.
Well, I apologize that the email didn't say it was the 12th anniversary. Whether it is 10 or 12 or 20 years, I will never forget waking up that morning and turning on the news before work only to see saw the horrendous terror that was inflicted on this country that day.
But my mistake and the immediate "gotchas" caused me to also remember that 9-11 (yesterday) was also the "9/11 Day of Service." It was created to observe September 11 every year as a day of charitable service and doing good deeds. It was created soon after 9/11 to provide a positive way to forever remember and pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, honor those that rose in service in response to the attacks, and remind people of the importance of working more closely together in peace to improve the world.
Yesterday, millions of Americans participated by taking time out to help others in need, in their own way. Many posted notes on the website quilt (http://www.911day.org/the-quilt/) about their promise to do something good. Here's just a few:
"I will support mentorship and help youth"
" I will say thank you to the police I meet"
"I will donate food to our local pantry every month"
and the one that I needed most:
"I will make someone else's life a little easier."