Eight years ago, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 changed the U.S., and the world, forever. IML was created not long after that, and on the first anniversary of the attacks we created a section called simply "September 11th." Some of the issues we talked about back then still apply today (we especially love reading Sam and Harry's story again and again).
Last April, President Obama signed into law the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, officially recognizing September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. We can't explain the importance of this as well as the President and First Lady can, so here's part of their call to service:
"We call on all Americans to join in service on September 11 and honor the heroes of that dark day as well as the brave men and women in uniform who continue to protect our country at home and abroad. Whether you have devoted a lifetime to service, volunteered for the first time this summer through United We Serve, or have yet to lend a hand in your community, we hope you will take part in this effort. We encourage you to visit www.serve.gov and find a volunteer opportunity in your neighborhood or download tools to create your own project with family and friends...This September 11, and in the days, weeks, and months that follow, let us recommit ourselves to service, renew America's promise, and work together as one people and one Nation."
We hope you and the people around you are able to volunteer some time tomorrow. If not, then we hope you find time in the near future to jump into a volunteer opportunity! For ideas, check out IML's guide to Volunteering.