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RSVP Marks National Day Of Service With Hopkins County Project

By: Kelly Hamill, RSVP Coordinator

September 11 is Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Americans volunteer in their local communities in tribute to the individuals lost and injured in the attacks, first responders, and the many who have risen in service to defend freedom.

On September 11, 2001, many lost their lives to the 9/11 attacks. Following the 9/11 tragedy, Americans at home and around the world came together, knowing that the things that divided us were smaller than those that united us. We came together as a nation despite divides, differences, and ideologies. We grieved as a community, cared for one another, and then began rebuilding and lifting our neighborhoods.

Beginning in 2002, family members who lost loved ones led the effort for an appropriate and fitting tribute to honor their loved ones and those who volunteered to serve our country in response to the tragedy. The leadership and actions of these family members resulted in the legislative establishment of the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance in April 2009. They charged AmeriCorps with supporting this effort across the county. Each year, AmeriCorps works with 9/11Day.org, grantees, partners, and faith-based, local, and national organizations to expand volunteering to honor the sacrifice of the families affected by September 11, 2001.

On this 21st Anniversary of 9/11, thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds will participate in service projects ranging from food drives and home repairs to neighborhood cleanups and disaster preparation activities. Volunteers will honor veterans, soldiers, or first responders in many areas by collecting donations, assembling care packages, and writing thank you letters.

Commemorate this occasion, the Red River Valley Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is inviting you to join us in honoring the victims and heroes of that day through acts of service that will recapture the spirit of unity that swept the nation in the wake of tragedy.

To commemorate 21ST Anniversary of 9-11, the Red River Valley Retired & Senior Volunteer Program is inviting everyone to honor the victims and heroes of that day through acts of service. Volunteers will meet at the Hopkins County Community Chest in Sulphur Springs, 217 Linda Drive, at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 6. Expect this service project to last about two to three hours.

On this National Day of Service and Remembrance, and throughout the year, Americans show their true patriotism by achieving together what we could never accomplish alone. One good deed can spark a passion and create relationships between communities and individuals that extend beyond this day to inspire a lifetime of service in all Americans. If you are interested in this service activity, please get in touch with RSVP Coordinator Kelly Hamill at 903-782-0441.

Red River Valley RSVP is an AmeriCorps Seniors program sponsored by Paris Junior College and locally funded by the United Way of Lamar County.