Written by The Herald-News
In honor of the September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance, the Governor’s Office of Community Service encouraged Montanans to join statewide efforts to commemorate 9/11 victims, survivors and emergency responders.
Citizens were encouraged to participate in the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance by thanking those who served, helping a neighbor in need or joining a community service project.
“Throughout Montana’s history, we have been blessed with patriots, men and women willing to give of themselves so that this nation, and the freedom upon which it was founded, might live on,” said Lieutenant Governor John Walsh. “Montanans don’t need a reason to serve — they do it every day and in a variety of ways. I am truly encouraged to see all of the service events scheduled around our wonderful state, but I am certainly not surprised.”
National Service members in Montana including AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA and Senior Corps have organized service projects across the state to honor the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance and invite citizens to participate.
The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of efforts originally launched in 2002 by the 9/11 nonprofit MyGoodDeed with wide support by the 9/11 community and leading national service organizations. This effort first established the tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.
In 2009, Congress designated September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance under bipartisan federal law, and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with helping to support this effort across the country.
The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes national service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness.