9/11: A Day of Service

Volunteers are taking center stage at ceremonies this year to mark the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

More than 100 volunteers who worked at the World Trade Center site after the 2001 attack will read names of victims at Friday's ceremony near ground zero in New York. Vice President Joe Biden is expected to attend.

In Washington, President Barack Obama will meet with family members of the dozens killed at the Pentagon. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell will speak at a ceremony in western Pennsylvania, where one of four hijacked jetliners crashed.

It's the first year Sept. 11 has been declared a national day of service. Americans planned beach cleanups, packages for soldiers and fundraisers.

Meanwhile, federal officials are telling police to be vigilant on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, though they say it is routine advice.

Today is the eighth anniversary of the jetliner crashes that killed nearly 3,000 people in the U.S. The FBI and Homeland Security Department sent a bulletin to law enforcement agencies nationwide Thursday evening, a copy of which was reviewed by The Associated Press. The bulletin is similar to past advisories on holidays and other significant dates, and gives no indication of any specific threat. It reminds police that terrorists in other countries recently have attacked public business sites like hotels. Justice Department spokesman Richard Kolko said issuing the bulletin is routine.

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  • by Dar Location: Wilmar on Sep 11, 2009 at 08:38 PM
    Great post, OSOC. 9/11 should always be a day that we remember & honor the ones who lost their lives on that terrible day. I think a "day of service" is a great idea, just not on 9/11. May we never forget that fateful day, the day "Terrorists" (I know that the word is politically incorrect, but I don't care) attacked and we stood strong.
  • by TO: Lonneie Ray on Sep 11, 2009 at 01:25 PM
    Another "well said" to you also. Poor Kimo is having a bad day ... he/she bashed the swine flu too!!
  • by Lonneie Ray mackneal Location: Oriental on Sep 11, 2009 at 11:23 AM
    Kimo: how cynical and crass to use this day, and a call for service to others as yet one more opportunity to bash our President. Never forget who's watch 911 occurred on.. Dubya Bush and Darth Cheney. Bush ignored and belittled the NSA Aide that briefed him on the specific threat DAYS before the event. Republicans do not own the emotions surrrounding this day. Actually, you forfieted the right to prescribe for me or anyone else how to observe this tragic event. You gave it up by promoting a stupid war of choice on a country that had nothing to do with the attack on our soil(Iraq), and more soldiers and civilians were lost in that boondoggle than in the twin towers. Service to our country as a way to remember and honor 911 is a perfectly fine way to observe today. To use this as an opportunity to whine about loosing the last election is shameful. Democracy(elections!) wins in the end. That is what defeats terrorism!
  • by Amanda Location: Greenville on Sep 11, 2009 at 10:24 AM
    Well said OSO!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Sep 11, 2009 at 07:11 AM
    Lest we ever forget what happened that morning. I happened to be at home to see on TV, when it happened. You remember where you were at, at that moment in time? What a sad moment in time, the panic, the pain.....I went to NYC shortly after to see the pictures posted on "the wall" that secured the area. You could walk out on a walkway to see where all took place. It was a solemn place, sad enough to make most hardened hearts, welt up tears. Then we saw the large flag drapped in front of the NYSE. It made a statement, we are all Americans, we love our country and we will fight to defend her. Since that moment, firefighters, police, first responder and soldiers, have become reverent and special. Never forget that a war on terror still exists, never forget what they did and would do again. Never be that gullible to think its finally over, this war on terror will always be.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Sep 11, 2009 at 06:07 AM
    Who declared it a day of service?? Our Community Organizer in Chief?? Good idea. Let's forget about the tragedy and the militants who did this evil to us and go out and pick up trash off the beach instead.
  • by Jonathan Location: Plymouth on Sep 11, 2009 at 05:28 AM
    To volunteer....the easiest thing you can do is get ahold of your closest USO and they can let you know in detail what you can do.
  • by Volunteer Location: Pitt Co on Sep 11, 2009 at 04:47 AM
    I'd like to volunteer year round for sending things to the troops ... but where do I go??? Suggestions from readers would be most appreciated. Thanks!
  • by Tom Location: Richlands on Sep 11, 2009 at 03:53 AM
    I was working in ny then.. the radio went silent, i didnt pay attention. The i got a phone call that a millsle hit the tower. I turned on he tv and saw it

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