(Beaverton, OR) – Community members are encouraged to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by joining in acts of volunteer service as part of the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, commonly known as 9/11 Day.
9/11 Day is a chance to recapture the spirit of unity that swept the nation in the aftermath of 9/11, while paying tribute with acts of service to those lost on September 11, 2001, heroic first responders, and the countless others who serve to defend the nation’s freedom at home and around the globe.
“September 11th is a day of history, emotion, and reflection,” said Mayor Beaty. “For many Americans it is also a day of service that provides an opportunity to join our neighbors and local leaders to make our country stronger and better for decades to come while we honor those who lost their lives in 2001 and those who rose in service to our country. This year, on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 we will honor, serve, and unite in this spirit.”
Beaverton is home to dozens of non-profits to which community members might consider donating their time, service, or other contributions. While Beaverton does not have formally organized volunteer events on September 11, Mayor Beaty encourages community members to consider how they might join in these efforts. “In-person volunteering is certainly trickier during this pandemic,” said Mayor Beaty. “But there are so many ways we can serve. And on the 20th anniversary, I’m encouraging our community to serve and honor the service of others. Our community is filled with people from all walks of life who donate their time to host vaccine clinics and sort clothes, volunteer their expertise in caring for our parks and open spaces, use their talents to serve on our boards and commissions, and give their money to provide basic necessities for those who are in need. Your 9/11 Day act of service can be big or small, formal or informal – it all counts. Small acts of kindness and grand gestures alike enhance our community and contribute to this beautiful place we get to call home. Join me in service or committing to serve on 9/11, and if you post on socials use #UnitedWeServe and tag me so we can amplify this good work together.”
September 11th was designated a National Day of Service by Congress in 2009 and is led by AmeriCorps, the federal agency for volunteerism and national service. AmeriCorps partners with 911Day.org, the nonprofit that, along with 9/11 families, began the 9/11 Day observance more than a decade ago, and engages hundreds of nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, schools, and businesses nationwide.