The September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of a seven-year effort started by 9/11 family members and support groups to establish the service day as a way to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11. It also serves to rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that followed the attacks. September 11 was officially recognized as a National Day of Service and Remembrance by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, passed with strong bipartisan support and signed into law by President Obama in April of 2009, stating:

“I call upon all Americans to join in service and honor the lives we lost, the heroes who responded in our hour of need, and the brave men and women in uniform who continue to protect our country at home and abroad, … Working together, we can usher in a new era in which volunteering and more service is a way of life for all Americans. Deriving strength from tragedy, we can write the next great chapter in our Nation’s history and ensure that future generations continue to enjoy the promise of America.”

Click here for United We serve Proclamation on September 10, 2009.

Click here for Massachusetts 9/11 Fund PSA for National Day of Service

Many 9/11 family foundations and other organizations throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts hold thoughtful commemorations on the anniversary of 9/11. These are the 14th anniversary events we are aware of.

BOSTON CARES | A 9/11 Tribute: Military Care Package Drive

Boston Cares is again teaming up with the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund to assemble care packages for military from Massachusetts serving overseas and our veterans at home utilizing the services of the New England Center for Homeless Veterans.

For more information please click on the link: 9/11Tribute: Military Care Package Drive

The Captain John Ogonowski Memorial Farmer’s Market and Food Drive

Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday September 10th and 11th 2016 after all masses (Sat., 4pm, Sun., 8am, 10am, 11:30am and 5pm)

Location: St. Francis Parish, 115 Wheeler Road, Dracut, MA 01826

The members of the St. Francis Parish Community invite you to honor Captain John Ogonowski and all of those souls lost on 9/11/01 through the Captain John Ogonowski Memorial Farmer’s Market and Food Drive to benefit the St. Teresa of Calcutta Homeless Ministry.

The market will be held after all Masses by Saja Farm, who will donate a percentage of their proceeds to the homeless ministry, while non-perishable foods will help fill the shelves of Dracut Food Pantry, both in John’s memory.

More information can be found

The Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund (MMHF) Care Packages

Date: September 11, 2016

The Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund (MMHF) will again host the area’s largest care package/day-of-service project on the Rose Kennedy Greenway from noon-3 p.m. on 9/11. Families are encouraged to stop by the Greenway (near Faneuil Hall) to help assemble a care package for the troops or the Commonwealth’s homeless veterans. In all, MMHF volunteers, along with state dignitaries including the Governor and Mayor, will assemble 1000 care packages for immediate distribution.


Annual 9/11 Day of Remembrance Blood Drive

Date: Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 11am-3pm

Location: Fenway Park, Boston

Deaconess Medical Center and the American Red Cross will join together with community leaders to hold the annual 9/11 Day of Remembrance Blood Drive at Fenway Park. The Red Cross and 9/11 Day have partnered to encourage people across the country to give blood as their way to remember and pay tribute to 9/11 victims and those who answered the call to service in response to the attacks. Family members who would like to give blood will be given VIP treatment.

Attendees can take pictures with the World Series trophies, visit with Wally the Green Monster mascot and enjoy a cup of chowder from Legal Sea Foods and standard Fenway food.

Contact  Alyson Barraza or call (781) 366-4635.


MA Private Family Foundation Events


The Paige Farley-Hackel Memorial

Date/Time:  Saturday, September 10, 2016 at  6 pm

The First Baptist Church in Newton COMES ALIVE to benefit the Paige Farley-Hackel Memorial Playground in Dorchester. Please join the Hackel family as they honor those “Gone Too Soon” featuring great food, cocktails, auction items and the 15th annual concert featuring the Nine~Eleven Band (formerly James Montgomery & Friends). 9/11 family members can obtain complimentary tickets (limit of 50) by calling Peter Hackel at 617-283-4051.


Michael McGinty Scholarship Foundation Annual Family Fun Day

Date/Time: Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 11am-3pm

Location: Foxboro Common  Foxboro, MA  |  Rain location – Foxboro Regional Charter School

Contact  Cindy McGinty 617-270-5155 for more information.

Website:  Visit us on Facebook at McGinty Scholarship Foundation for more information.

The Jeff Coombs Memorial Foundation

Date/Time: Sunday, September 18, 2016, 9 am

The Jeff Coombs Memorial Foundation is hosting its 15th Annual Road Race, Walk and Family Day in Abington, MA. The 5k event, held on what would have been Jeff’s 58th birthday, includes many age categories (stroller and wheelchair divisions, too) and plenty of family fun — free food, face painting, games, moonwalks, horse and pony rides, pedal carts, raffles, and much more! Bring the family for a fun morning. Help pay-it-forward with a donation of non-perishable food for the local food pantry in exchange for a few raffle tickets.

Register at

15th Annual Jay Corcoran Memorial Scholarship Foundation Golf Tournament

Date/Time: Friday, September 23, 2016

Location: Easton Country Club, 265 Purchase Street, South Easton, MA

Sadly, after 15 years, this will be our Final Golf Tournament. The proceeds from this tournament are going to the Jay Corcoran Memorial Scholarship Foundation.

We are happily accepting donations of any kind for our raffle and auction, as well as Hole Sponsors. I can be reached at 781-771-4340.


Al Filipov Peace & Justice Forum
nvites you to join us for the a conversation with Robi Damelin and Bassam Aramin of The Parents Circle

Date/Time:  Sunday, September 25, 2016, 4:00 pm

Location: Trinitarian Congregational Church, 53 Walden Street, Concord, MA 01742

The Parents Circle ­ Families Forum is an organization made up of more than 600 Israeli and Palestinian bereaved families.  Since its establishment, the members, all of whom have lost a family member to the conflict , ­have undertaken a joint effort in the midst of ongoing violence to transform their incredible loss and pain into a catalyst for reconciliation and peace.  They choose to convert anger and revenge, helplessness and despair into actions of hope.  They operate education, public awareness, and advocacy projects that foster humanization and empathy towards both Israelis and Palestinians. The general mission is to generate dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis to promote reconciliation.

“The color of our blood is red, the suffering that each of us experienced is enormous, all of our tears are equally bitter. If we can talk to each other everyone can.”

Please take a minute to watch this moving video about the Parents Circle: