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. Due to the pandemic plans have not been finalized for 2021. Please check back in the months ahead.