WASHINGTON— Today, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Chris Coons (D-DE), and U.S. Representatives Doris Matsui (D-CA) and David Price (D-NC) introduced a resolution recognizing September 11 as a national day of service and encouraging the American public to engage in a charitable service of their choosing on or around 9/11.
In 2009, Congress established September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance in tribute to the 9/11 victims, first responders, recovery workers, volunteers, and members of the U.S. military who rose in service in defense of our nation. This year, as co-chairs of the National Congressional Service Caucus, Senators Coons and Cassidy and Representatives Matsui and Price call on their colleagues in the Senate and House of Representatives to reaffirm that commitment and honor the heroes who rose to service in response to attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
“In the wake of the destruction and death inflicted upon our country 17 years ago, countless Americans rushed to help each other without a thought to their political, religious, or physical differences,” said Dr. Cassidy. “That spirit of treating others as you would want to be treated, of loving your neighbor as yourself, of serving your fellow man, is something we must strive to encourage and keep alive.”
“Seventeen years ago, our country experienced an unthinkable tragedy that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people, including 11 Delawareans,” said Senator Coons. “I am proud to join my colleagues in honoring their memory by establishing a national day of service. As a nation, we are always strongest when we work together, support our neighbors, and stand as one.”
“Our nation will forever remember the tragic events of 9/11. In the weeks and months that followed, courageous first responders and volunteers selflessly gave their time and talents in patriotic service that helped heal our nation,” said Representative Matsui. “Our country is strongest when we reach out to on another, when we are united, and I hope this resolution reminds us of that.”
“Every year, millions of Americans gather in reflection to honor the men and women who lost their lives in the tragedy of September 11,” said Representative David Price. “This solemn commemoration also serves as an opportunity to join our neighbors in charitable service to improve our communities and help those in need. I’m proud to join my colleagues in introducing this important resolution to affirm this national day of service and remembrance into law.”