9/11 Remembrances & Service Opportunities

Honor by Serving

Beginning in 2002, family members who lost loved ones in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and support groups began to seek a forward-looking tribute to honor the sacrifice of those who were lost and 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 September 11th 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. 

This year, more than 1 million Americans are expected to serve in their communities in honor of 9/11. Service projects will range from food drives and home repairs to neighborhood cleanups and disaster preparation activities. (Corporation for National and Community Service).

Read the message from Chancellor Martin Meehan.

Ways to Remember and Serve:


Throughout September 

Western Avenue Studios is having a food drive throughout the month of September to benefit the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Inc. Visit the artists in their open studios and lofts this Saturday, Sept 7th from 12-5 and drop off a bag of food for those who don’t have the means to feed themselves. 

The MVFB distributes food to almost 70,000 people monthly through their over 100 emergency feeding programs: food pantries, shelters and meal programs. The most needed food items are: peanut butter & jelly, canned fruits & veggies, healthy snack items, canned tuna & chicken, ravioli & spaghetti O’s, beans (dry or canned), pasta & rice, fruit juice, condiments, pasta sauce, cereal & oatmeal, baby food & formula.

Western Avenue Studios is located at 122 Western Ave., Lowell, MA.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

  • 8:45 a.m. - Moment of silence 

Friday, September 13, 2013

  • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.Campus Blood Drive at Cumnock Hall (31 University Ave.)

Saturday, Sept. 21

  • 8 a.m. - 12th Annual Spicket River Cleanup, Lawrence, MA.

Volunteers will arrive at the Manchester Street Park (75 Manchester St., Lawrence) for registration at 8 a.m. and then split into groups along the Spicket River. You can participate individually or as group. For more information email Rosa at rpina@groundworklawrence.org or call 978-974-0770 x7001. A waiver form must be completed in order to participate. Visit Groundwork Lawrence for more information.

Monday, September 23, 2013

  • 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Volunteer Orientation for Sept. 30 Harvest Festival in Lowell, MA. (see below)

Saturday, September 28, 2013

  • 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Set Up for Harvest Fest (10 volunteers needed)
  • 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Event volunteers will help run activity booths and games, register and direct attendees, and other tasks. Volunteers will work shifts within the event, or have a partner to switch off with (50 volunteers needed).
  • 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Clean up (10 volunteers needed).

The 2nd Annual Harvest Festival at Rotary Club Park Community Garden needs volunteers! Join Mill City Grows in celebrating our local food system and the harvest, press apple cider, taste local flavors, and participate in family friendly activities. The Rotary Club Park Community Garden is at 22 Richmond Ave. Lowell, MA 01852. If interested in volunteering for the Harvest Festival, email francey@millcitygrows.org by Sept. 20th.