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 Jacquie Moloney.

Ways to Remember and Serve:

  • “Unity”  - Visit the “Unity” sculpture, a memorial remembering members of the UMass Lowell community lost on 9/11. The memorial is located along the Riverwalk, just off Pawtucket Street beside Leitch Hall. See pictures of our 10th anniversary rededication on Facebook.
  • Make an online donation to UMass Lowell. You can designate how your donation is used. 
  • Contact the Office of Community Relations to find a service opportunity and/or report your hours of service.
  • Use Social Media to share your story of service. @UMassLowell, #911day, #iwill, #lowell, #lawrence, #service, #community.  

Friday, Sept. 11, 2015

  • 8:46 a.m. - Moment of silence