September 11th, 2014 - A Day of Service
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 13th anniversary events we are aware of.
AL FILIPOV PEACE & JUSTICE FORUM
September 10, 2014, 7 pm
Trinitarian Congregational Church
54 Walden Street
Dr. Jim O’Connell, founder and president of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, will be presented the Fourth Annual Al Filipov Peace & Justice Award and offer remarks.
AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD SERVICES
12th ANNUAL DRIVE TO REMEMBER
September 11, 2014, 7 am to 2 pm
Day of Remembrance Blood Drive
Any family interested in donating blood or stopping by to thank the blood donors is welcome to do so. Family member donors are considered VIPs, so mention at check in that you are a 9/11 family member. Attending this drive is a wonderful way to witness the compassion and spirit of giving back by hundreds of donors who are giving blood in memory of your loved ones. In addition, the World Series trophies will be on display for photos.
MASSACHUSETTS MILITARY HEROES FUND (MMHF)
ANNUAL CARE PACKAGE PROJECT
September 11, 2014, 11 am to 2 pm
Rose Kennedy Greenway
9/11 Service Project Care Packages
Volunteers will help build 500 military care packages for our troops serving overseas and 500 packages for our local veterans in need, and write letters of support to our troops.
There are ways to help if you cannot attend:.
- Organize a collection drive for a specific item, such as chapstick, crackers, or foot powder, within your community or company. Call the phone number given above for guidance.
- Sponsor a package by making a $35 donation, which also helps fund programs and services for families served by MMHF. All donations are tax-deductible. Click the DONATE link on the MMHF website.
MICHAEL McGINTY SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION
10th ANNUAL FAMILY FUN DAY
September 13, 2014, 11:30 am to 3 pm
This fun event features music, raffles, food, children's entertainment and games. There are lots of surprises in store, and Maria Stephanos is our special guest. An entry fee of $5 per person and $20 per family automatically enters attendees in a raffle for an exciting door prize. Call Cindy at 617-270-5155617-270-5155 for more information, or send donations to the McGinty Scholarship Foundation, P. O. Box 626, Foxboro MA 02035.
JEFF COOMBS MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
13th ANNUAL WALK, ROAD RACE, AND FAMILY DAY
September 14, 2014, registration beginning at 7:30 am, walk/run at 9 am
Pre-registration is available on www.racewire.com or on the foundation website. The race is 5K. There is also s a short children's run, many children's activities, music, tributes, awards, raffles, and lots of free food! Participants are encouraged to bring old cellphones for Cell Phones for Soldiers or non-perishable food items for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. Registration is $25/adults, $20 for students 13-18, and $10 for children 12 and under. Shirts are guaranteed for those who register by Sept. 1. For more information, call Christie at 781-982-1608781-982-1608 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
JAY CORCORAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION
13th ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
September 19, 2014,
Easton Country Club
265 Purchase Street
Registration for the shotgun format begins at 11 am, with the dinner, raffle and auction following at 6 pm. Cost is $150/golfer, or $40 just to attend the dinner. Deadline for registration is September 5, 2014. Call Diann Corcoran DuBois at 781-659-7710781-659-7710 for further details.