National Day of Service and Remembrance

11Sep09

Not to get all political on you but….our president, Mr. Obama, isn’t necessarily a very popular guy right now. This point of view definitely depends on which social circles you run in these days. There are all kinds of debates about his presidency and policies raging amongst everyone from the politically-minded to the politically-absent-until-angered these days. Which side of the fence I sit on about all of that doesn’t really matter. But I’ve got to tell you something about our President that I actually like and admire a lot: He’s all about pushing service to our country every chance he gets in his time as the leader of our nation. As someone who likes volunteering, I commend both he and his wife for their civic-minded efforts to get people off the couches and into the community to make a difference.
I bring this up today as many of us stopped for a moment of silence in remembrance of both the victims of the 9/11 attacks and the brave men and women who gave their lives trying to help in the wreckage afterward,, as well as in honor of those who rushed to help and are still here today. Today, Mr. Obama declared a National Day of Service and Remembrance. In his speech at the memorial service in Washington, he said:

Let us renew the true spirit of that day. Not the human capacity for evil, but the human capacity for good. Not the desire to destroy, but the impulse to save, and to serve, and to build. On this first National Day of Service and Remembrance, we can summon once more that ordinary goodness of America — to serve our communities, to strengthen our country, and to better our world.

Even though it’s still hard to think about that day after eight years, I think the brave people who rushed to the scene to respond are the epitome of what service is all about. It wasn’t about what they were going to get out of being there to help. It wasn’t about the accolades and announcements of what they’d individually done. It was about doing the right thing and being there for people who needed help. So many people died that day and many people continue to suffer in the aftermath. Let’s honor their memories by staying true to service and rededicating ourselves to being there for the betterment of our communities and our country.

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