Tomorrow, September 11, First Lady Michelle Obama will be participating in a service event with Mission Serve, a civilian-military service initiative, to help renovate a community center at a retirement community for veterans. As Mrs. Obama wrote in a message to the White House email list, "From the brave men and women of Flight 93 who sacrificed their own lives to save the lives of others, to the first responders who rushed without hesitation to help those in need, to the young men and women who chose to join our Armed Forces following the attacks -- these tragic events united Americans in a remarkable spirit of solidarity and compassion.
"It's that spirit of selflessness and service that inspired the first September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance last year. On this day all Americans can honor the brave men and women who lost and risked their lives by serving others in their community."
In honor of the day, the Corporation for National and Community Service is supporting hundreds of service activities in all fifty states. Thousands of volunteers are anticipated to take part.
As Mrs. Obama wrote, "Whether you help clean up a local park, participate in a food drive, or help out in a local soup kitchen or school, volunteering strengthens our communities and our country. The National Day of Service presents an opportunity to take time to make a difference in your area and make a commitment to serve your community throughout the year."
You can join this effort and honor, through service, the memories of those who perished by visiting serve.gov to find a volunteer opportunity near you.