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The City of Sequim is making preparations to once again take part in the National Day of Service and Remembrance on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Members of the Sequim City Council and city staff will join together with community volunteers to participate in a morning of community service projects throughout the City. Projects will focus on the new Gerhardt Park, as well as the painting of fire hydrants throughout the City, and the dog agility course at Carrie Blake Park. Opening ceremonies will take place at Gerhardt Park, 1610 S. 3rd Avenue at 8:00 a.m. Those interested in volunteering to help, please contact the City Clerk office at 683-4139.
Beginning in 2002, family members who lost loved ones in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks along with support groups began to seek a forward-looking tribute to honor the sacrifice of those lost and to pay tribute to those who rose in service in response to the tragedy. By encouraging Americans to participate in service and remembrance activities on the 9/11 anniversary, family members wanted to provide a productive and respectful way to honor those who perished and rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that swept our nation after 9/11 to help meet the challenges we face today.
Because of their efforts to build support for this idea, September 11 has been designated a National Day of Service and Remembrance. The 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance was established into law by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in 2009, and is consistent with President Obama’s overall call to service, United We Serve. Community service projects are to be implemented on or near September 11 in observance of the National Day of Service and Remembrance.