On April 21, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law federal legislation (Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act) that for the first time officially recognized September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance - culminating a seven-year campaign, led by MyGoodDeed.org to establish this worthy and forward-looking legacy. On September 11, join us and observe a moment of service. We'll send more information later this summer.
* The September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance has been informally observed since 2003 by more than one million people annually, from all 50 states in the United States, and 170 different countries and territories.
* The effort to designate September 11 as a National Day of Service has been widely supported by 9/11 families and by the leaders of many 9/11 organizations representing relatives, first responders, rescue and recovery workers, and volunteers.
* MyGoodDeed.org, a respected 501(c)3 nonprofit based in New York, is responsible for organizing the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance each year in close partnership with the September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York (national911memorial.org), and the federal government (serve.gov).
* The observance also is supported by an alliance of prominent nonprofits, including Points of Light Institute and HandsOn Network, City Year, ServiceNation, BetheChange, AARP, American Red Cross, America's Promise Alliance, and Youth Service America.
* Organizations, such as employers, schools, community centers, nonprofits, and congregations can participate in the same way, creating their own good deeds, charitable giving activities, or volunteer service projects that benefit any cause including those they already support today.
* Individuals can participate simply by performing, or planning to perform at least one good deed or charitable service activity of any nature that helps another person or group in need, which they can do on 9/11, or any other time during that week. They can also join the many organized projects that will happen around 9/11 as well.
* Individuals and organizations are encouraged to visit www.911day.org, the official Web site of the observance, and post and share their plans for 9/11. More than one million people have posted plans for 9/11 since 2003. The 911day.org Web site also provides a wealth of helpful ideas and resources and enable individuals to search for, and join projects planned in their own communities.