Today, Rep. Wasserman Schultz joined Americans in commemorating the tragic events of September 11, 2001, with a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Created by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, the National Day of Service channels the powerful sense of unity, patriotism and shared purpose Americans felt in the wake of the 9/11 attacks into meaningful action in our communities.
"While 9/11 shook, shocked, and saddened our country, in its wake we stood stronger and more united than before, putting aside political differences to unite behind a common challenge," said Rep. Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) who proudly voted for the law. "I am honored to stand with the families of those who lost their lives that day, and with thousands of other Americans, in undertaking the crucial work of giving back to our communities in any way we can."
The National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of several months of service projects--a crucial part of the Kennedy Act. Projects held in all fifty states and the District of Columbia included food drives, neighborhood cleanups and volunteer construction work. Hundreds of additional projects involving tens of thousands of volunteers, nonprofits, businesses, faith groups and governments will take place across the country as Americans reflect on the 9/11 anniversary.
"Today, as we reflect on those who lost their lives that day and those who defend our country today, we clearly see that honoring them through our service and showing gratitude to our veterans is more important than ever," said Rep. Wasserman Schultz. "I proudly continue to work with my House colleagues and President Obama to keep our nation secure and strong, and I encourage my constituents to join me this September 11 and in the days ahead in giving back to our community and honoring the memories of those who have already given us so much."