Volunteers paint veterans' homes for 9/11 Day of Service
By: Kevin Christopher
09/14/13 9:44 AM
Sept. 4, 2013
Public Information & Communications
Contact: Kevin Christopher
Mesa, AZ – The City of Mesa is working with HandsOn Greater Phoenix and other community partners to coordinate two service projects connected to the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. Volunteers are supporting two veterans in need of assistance by painting the exteriors of their homes.
One of the projects took place Wednesday, Sept. 11 in a neighborhood near Country Club Drive and Guadalupe Road. The event began with a brief kickoff ceremony at Crismon Elementary School, 825 W. Medina Ave. The program included the posting of colors by the Mesa Police and Fire Honor Guard and remarks by District 3 Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh. Volunteers also paused at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center, for a moment of silence to remember the victims of 9/11.
“We are commemorating this important date in American history by doing positive acts for our neighbors. 9/11 was a tragedy but it brought our nation together. Projects like this, in its own small way, can bring people together to serve those who served us,” Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh said.
The other volunteer project connected to the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance will take place Saturday, Sept. 14 from 8 a.m. to noon in a neighborhood near Center Street and Brown Road.
The City of Mesa’s partner for the event, HandsOn Greater Phoenix, is a nonprofit organization that engages tens of thousands in service to meet the Valley's most challenging needs and creates programs that foster civic engagement by activating and educating volunteers to be agents of change.
Performing volunteer services for someone in need keeps the spirit of unity alive that arose during the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. The impacts made through volunteer projects serve as a permanent and positive tribute to the victims of 9/11, as well as to the many men and women in armed forces who enlisted in response to the attacks.
Volunteers participating in the Sept. 11 project were provided breakfast sponsored by Mesa Mayor Scott Smith.
Mesa’s 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance is a part of the 9/11 Tribute Movement and I Will campaign through www.911day.org
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