What should I do on 9/11?

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I have been trying to do a little bit to make people remember 9/11. I was trying to come up with something I could do right here in Southeast Louisiana. There is so much information out there right now that it’s hard to read everything.

I stumbled across a group called “MyGoodDeed.” What got my

attention was this group has taken one of the worst terrorist attacks

on American soil and gives to

people who were affected by this some way to make a contribution

in a meaningful way. Please visit their website to see what you can

do on this national service and remembrance

day. The basic message is to help someone in need and do something in your community.

After years of lobbying on Capitol Hill by MyGoodDeed and the 9/11 community, President Barack Obama signed into law a measure passed

by Congress formally establishing Sept. 11 as a national day of

service and remembrance. Last

year, people from all 50 states and 165 nations and territories visited their website. Their charitable actions are a great and productive tribute to the almost 3,000 souls from 93 nations who perished on 9/11.

This year, for the 10th anniversary, their mission is to make 9/11 the largest day of service in our nation’s history. A lofty goal but

one surely in reach. This observance answers the often asked

question – “What should I do on 9/11?” The answer for millions is clear and meaningful: Help someone in need. Give back. Pay tribute with steps of kindness on this path forward out of the ashes of ground zero, Shanksville, Pa., and the Pentagon.

So please join in the spirit of the occasion Sept. 11. Be heroic. It’s as easy as can be, just a few clicks away. Find something to do right in your own neighborhood or from your desktop by visiting www.911day.org or www.facebook.com/911day and www.twitter.com/911day. You’ll be making a difference, and the world will be better for it.

Michael Heath is president of the St. John Professional Firefighters Association.