Secretary Clinton Honors National Day of Service and Remembrance

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
September 12, 2009

Secretary Clinton spoke at the commemoration of the first annual September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Tonight, Secretary Clinton delivered the keynote address at MyGoodDeed and ServiceNation’s commemoration of the first annual National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11. The September 11th and service communities worked for years to achieve this annual observance, formalized in federal legislation enacted in April 2009. The law, formally named the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, received strong bipartisan support from Congress. Tonight's event, attended by thousands of members of the September 11 and civilian and military service communities, took place at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

In her remarks, Secretary Clinton said, "Today, we know that the threat of violent extremism still remains. And our nation has to be vigilant. We have to be strong in the face of those who would seek to do harm to our people, our nation, and our values. By coming together to honor those who lost and who gave their lives eight years ago, we renew our strength to move forward in the face of both old and new challenges, and we come together to invigorate the values that have defined our country and our people for more than 200 years."

The Secretary continued, "The response of New Yorkers and Americans to the 9/11 attacks were not scripted. They weren’t orchestrated. They were the acts of people who instinctively – reflexively – summoned the best within themselves to help others in harm’s way. And while these were individual acts, they represented a collective and uniquely American characteristic: a willingness and a pride in serving others....This country was built and has endured on a tradition of service. It’s a common thread that binds Americans of all generations together."

Read the Secretary's full remarks here or learn how you can find ways to serve in your community.



Oralia S.
September 12, 2009

Oralia writes:

My heart goes out to those who lost a love one, hope these tough times with new goals help you get through life. Realizing today is a new day and another year has gone by might be rough but it is achievable.


Virginia, USA
September 12, 2009

Donald in Virginia writes:



Those who believe in Angels they do exist just look around!

California, USA
September 13, 2009

Mattynr in California writes:

I have very serious emotional feelings about this. The sharing of this day is a distraction of focus. This is a day of Memorial. Honoring the memory with American Unity and Pride. Respecting the loss and honoring the duty of sacrifice.

National Day of Service and Remembrance tells the story. The tragedy of 9/11 does not even get top billing. "Remembrance" will be diluted to a fading, disposable priority. There will be so much energy in the organizing of "Service" even that will lose value.Service comes from the heart, not the dictatorship of a Government. We, Americans, serve every day of the year. The joy of the giving is from the act of giving, not from the orchestrated, controlled efforts from outside sources.

I know I am clumsy trying to express this deep, very deep, emotions I feel about this. Just think how much deeper the emotions are for those that lost so very much. I don't want to share the "Remembrance" I think it is wrong and I think we need to give this honor of remembering 100% focus.

New York, USA
September 14, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

Extremism and the Destruction of Cultures....

In the wake of the 9/11 remembrance; and the eve of Ramadan and Rosh Hashanah; I'm struck by the NY Times photo by Rina Castelnouvo on pg. A8 9-14-09...It depicts a young Jewish settler in Hebron throwing wine on a Palestinian woman. The arch of the wine presents us with a question mark...or maybe a Sickle..or a whip....small acts of insult and disrespect can destroy cultures....and set the scene for 9/11's in the future...when will we learn?

United States
September 14, 2009

Zharkov in U.S.A. writes:

The politicizing of the 9/11 attack into some sort of "national day of public servitude" is an insult to the families who lost relatives in those buildings.

Most of the people killed in the WTC buildings were NOT public servants but ordinary people trying to earn a living unconnected with politics, political parties, or social agendas. They were exercising their liberty to earn a living in an occupation of their own choosing.

The investigation of 9/11 which was resisted by both the Bush and Obama administrations, has been denounced as a fraud and coverup by 6 of the 10 members of the 9/11 Commission, a former German defense minister, a former president of Italy, several directors of foreign intelligence services, and over 600 scientists, civil engineers, and architects, among others.

Our own government response to the 9/11 attack has been to add further insult to injury and abandon our constitution and our Bill of Rights, abandon international law prohibiting war crimes and the torture of prisoners of war, and occupation of countries without Declaration of War by Congress. We did wrongs to ourselves worse than anything a group of terrorist could hope to do.

Mr. Obama promised before his election to correct these problems, abolish the so-called "Patriot Act", and restore integrity to American government. We are still waiting for that to happen.

California, USA
September 14, 2009

Brian in California writes:

The highlighted speech was terrific. I am very proud to be an American and once again, thank you for your steadfast leadership for the United States and the world abroad.


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