Every year as September 11 th approaches, we remember the terrorist attacks on 9/11/01 that took 2,999 American lives. The events that day were catastrophic and the nation watched in grief and sorrow as those towers came down. However, in the days and weeks that followed, Americans came together channeling grief into solidarity, sorrow into action. Launched in 2002, the September 11 th National Day of Service and Remembrance promotes community service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the victims, survivors, and those who rose up to serve in response to the attacks. Each year, thousands of Americans volunteer to honor and remember those who lost their lives. Now is the time to get involved to serve! Here is how you can get involved this year: 1. Find a volunteer opportunity There are hundreds of projects happening throughout Ohio to commemorate 9/11. Find one at nationalservice.gov or 911day.org . 2. Plan your own service project Gather a group of friends, family, and neighbors to make a positive impact in your community. Pick up litter in a local park, collect food to donate to the homeless, write thank you letters or bake treats for local police officers and firefighters. The possibilities are endless. Need more ideas? Check out Youth Service America’s resources here. 3. Spread the word Don’t have time to volunteer? No problem. You can spread the word through social media leading up to and on 9/11 using the hashtag #911day. Find social media ideas here. Make a difference in your community while honoring those who lost their lives on 9/11. Get involved today!