The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of an effort originally launched in 2002 by 9/11 family members and support groups, who worked to establish the charitable service day as a forward-looking way to honor the sacrifice of those who were lost and who united in response to 9/11. In 2009, Congress designated September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) with supporting this effort across the country.
Since 2001, more than two million U.S. troops have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. With the end of the Iraq war and the drawdown in Afghanistan, more than 1 million service members are projected to leave the military between 2011-2017. Engaging in service on and around 9/11 is an appropriate and respectful way to remember the lives of those lost, pay tribute to those who rose in service, and honor those who continue to serve our country today.