Across the nation thousands of Americans united in service to honor the heroes and those we lost on the anniversary of September 11. Through service projects and remembrance activities volunteers rekindled the spirit of unity and service that swept our nation after that tragic day.
AmeriCorps members, staff and volunteers showed up in force to partner with organizations around the country. From neighborhood clean ups, assembling care packages, to food drives, people set aside differences to help one another.
In Baltimore, Maryland, AmeriCorps members serving with Civic Works joined staff and volunteers from Christian Disciples Church to beautify a vacant lot in the Mount Clare neighborhood. Together, they cleaned brush and debris, planted trees and shrubs, and created a trail and garden beds.
AmeriCorps members and volunteers beatify an vacant lot.
Jayna, the Civic Works director of volunteerism and events joined the service project. She and her church, Christian Disciples, have served every year for the last 20 years on this day in memory of Elizabeth Wainio, who was on Flight 93. Elizabeth’s mother, Esther, said the response to her daughter’s death should be service. Pictured above on the shirt is a quote from Esther.
“What these people are doing is what we all should be doing in response to my daughter's death and the deaths of thousands on September 11. Please tell them for me, ‘thank you’.. I do not want revenge...I want peace." -Esther Heymann
.@CivicWorksInc Director of Volunteerism and Events Jayna serves her community on #911Day. She and her church have served every year for the last 20 years on this day. Listen to her powerful message. ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/cTQIqyapt7— AmeriCorps (@AmeriCorps) September 10, 2022
Watch Civic Works Director of Volunteerism and Events Jayna shares a powerful message.
In another partnership, AmeriCorps members serving with Global Youth Justice coordinated the 2nd annual 9/11 Day Flag of Honor Across America Memorial. Volunteers distributed flags with the names of those we lost. Memorials were held in 75 Communities, each uniting in memory of 65 different heroes, and responders, and those who lost their lives that tragic day.
In Perry, Ohio Americorps members serving with PHS Service Learning partnered with the American Legion to remove tattered flags from the graves of 1000 veterans. They also conducted community cleanups, hosted breakfast for veterans, gardening, and supported a fall festival to honor the day of service.
In Alexandria, Virginia, AmeriCorps staff and volunteers joined Carry The Load to clean headstones at the Alexandria National Cemetery. Hundreds of Americans also joined the efforts at 62 of the nation’s most hallowed grounds to clean the headstones of our heroes.
AmeriCorps CEO Michael D. Smith joined 911Day and Serve DC at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, DC for their annual meal pack event.
“When the going gets tough, America gets tougher. And we figure out how to help our neighbors,” said Michael in the day’s opening remarks.
“When the going gets tough, America gets tougher. And we figure out how to help our neighbors,” said @AmeriCorpsCEO. Today he served with @911Day + @ServeDC at their annual meal pack event at the @foodbankmetrodc. #911Day pic.twitter.com/iHBUapx2P5— AmeriCorps (@AmeriCorps) September 12, 2022
These are just a few of the countless projects that occurred on 9/11 Day and the days surrounding. Thank you to all members, staff, and volunteers who united to serve and honor on the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.
AmeriCorps encourages you to find volunteer opportunities and continue to do good for your neighbors and community. Learn more about how to register your 9/11 volunteer opportunities or how to get involved for the next day of service.
Through service, we build more equitable and just communities that advance racial equity, create opportunity, and foster respect for individual differences.
Let’s ensure that what unites us will always outshine and outlast what is trying to divide us.