Friday, September 11, 2009

What Are You Doing To Remember?

This is a day we all remember, will never forget, and never want repeated. All of us remember where we were when we heard that the first plane hit the North Tower. The lives of too many were cut short that day and as we remember them today, let us do something to show our remembrance.

On April 21, 2009 President Barack Obama signed federal legislation that for the first time officially recognizes September 11 as a federally observed National Day of Service and Rememberance. I don't think this movement has been advertised or marketed to its full potential, so I am taking it upon myself to promote it.

The mission of the National Day of Service and Rememberance is to honor the victims of 9/11 and those who rose to service in response to the attacks by encouraging all Americans and others throughout the world to pledge to voluntarily perform at least one good deed, or another service activity on 9/11 each year. By doing this, we will create a legacy of service that unifies us and the world.

So how does it work? It really couldn't be more simple. Just set aside a little time today to perform a good deed that helps someone else who may need assistance, or to support a cause that you care about. Once you've decided what to do, log onto http://911dayofservice.org/ and share your plans with the world. Your plan could inspire another person's plan or you may just find inspiration in a current plan. Either way, the idea is to do something in the same spirit that brought millions of Americans in the wake of 9/11.

Can't think of anything to do on such short notice? So many people have posted great ideas, but if you don't find inspiration in any of them, click on the "Things You Can Do Right Now" link. Maybe you can donate blood. I can't because there isn't a pet blood bank around here that I'm aware of. Perhaps I could start a one.

You could drop some food off at a local food bank. There are more people using food banks now than ever before. Even pets are in need these days, so don't forget about food for them. How about donating some gently used clothes to the Salvation Army or Goodwill? What about cleaning up a local park? Dropping off used books at the library?

Making an online donation to one of your favorite charities is another great thing to do today. I know that everyone has several charities they donate to but by making a special donation today and every September 11, your donation have additional significance.

I love the 9/11 Commemorative Tribute Pin that you can get with a donation of $9.11 or more. By wearing this pin you tell the world that you have performed your good deed for 9/11. With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 just two years away, the vision of MyGoodDeed is to organize the single largest day of service in U.S. history in honor of the victims and those who rose in service.

So what am I doing today? Dad is in Miami on business and Mom is at the zoo doing her good deed. Mom won't tell me what she has planned for my good deed, so I will just have to wait and wonder. Whatever she tells me to do I will do. I will remember those who lost their lives, reflect on the wonders of those who served, and inspire those who can and will serve. Please spread the word about National Day of Service and Rememberance because a thousand voices are better than one.

6 comments:

Lilo, The Great Rock Eater said...

The momma and I posted out Charity Paw it Forward. We will be making donations to 7 resuces/shelter and 1 very lucky little pug and his momma =)

We think it is a great thing to make today a recognized day of rememberance. It deserves for honored.

Lilo

Stubby said...

Hi Lilo! I'm so glad you guys are doing Charity Paw it Forward. I have never heard of this before, but I'm going to visit your bloggie to check it out.

You are the best!

Stubby xoxo

Sequoia & Petunia said...

We are curious to see what your Momma was doing at the zoo today? Its nice to give back. Mom helps with rescues and Dad is in the Navy. We are super prouds of Dad! He says he is a lifer and thats good!

dw said...

I heard about this during the day. As I was running errands I knew I'd get back home too late to really do anything productive today. So I did little things -- gave people a break in traffic, stopped in a parking lot to let a handicapped woman cross the drive, held doors open. Not much, but just a touch of humanity.

Stubby said...

Hi Sequoia & Tuni! Mom is a docent (volunteer teacher) at the zoo on Friday. Today was just your typical day at the zoo - snake presentation, polar bear talk, and conservation discussion. I don't get to go to the zoo, but Mom tells me all about it.

Your mom and dad do lots to give back. Rescuing pugs is hard work and serving our country is even harder. Give your dad a big kiss from me for protecting us from the bad guys.

Stubby xoxo

Stubby said...

Hi dw! It's funny that you heard about this today, but not before today. That's the problem - not a lot of press.

I'm glad you did a bunch of little things today because they really add up. A touch of humanity goes a long way.

Stubby xoxo