On September 11, 2001 nearly 3,000 innocent people died in the most devastating terrorist attack upon our country. For the families and friends of those lost on 9/11, commemorating their lives in a meaningful way ensures that their memory will live on for future generations.
Scout service is a wonderful way to teach the nation’s youth about our loved ones and the events of 9/11, so that future generations will “Always Remember.”
The 13th anniversary of the September attacks is this Thursday. In a tradition of service and for more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America has honored the United States during times of remembrance—the Boy Scouts of America will once again honor the country through focused acts of service as part of a National Day of Caring.
Scout units will participate in a variety of activities ranging from American flag retirement ceremonies to projects that recognize and assist local first responders in honoring the memory of the first responders and others who sacrificed so much on 9/11.
In 2010, then Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca said.“For the past 100 years, in times of trial, triumph, and remembrance, millions of Scouts have honored our nation through service, just as they did 10 years ago, when Scouts mobilized and collected more than 150,000 bottles of water for ground zero rescue workers, our Scouts are encouraged to surge into action and complete focused service projects in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001.”
Scouts are encouraged to use social media to spread the word of their projects in their local communities and beyond. They also can post service project ideas and event pictures on www.scoutsurge911.org or our council’s Facebook page. Scouts looking for additional ideas and ways to make an impact can find more information on www.actionamerica.com. More information concerning New York Says Thank You is available at www.newyorksaysthankyoumovie.com.
In Utah County this day is a great opportunity to commemorate the service provided by firefighters, police officers, and ordinary citizens at the towers that day. The United Way of Utah County will be hosting a Day of Caring event that brings over 30 invited companies to do more than three dozen service projects around Utah County. These projects include tutoring children and painting playground games at over 20 schools, furnishing community centers, painting and repairing a local food bank, and landscaping at the buildings of local nonprofits,
Our staff will be fixing up the landscape at our own Orem Scout Service Center.
Day of Caring is an opportunity for companies in Utah county to give back to their community. On Day of Caring, participating companies send volunteers to projects sties including elementary schools, treatment centers, and private homes. The volunteers complete projects like painting playground games, reading to children, and repairing and cleaning up project sites.
The United Way Day of Caring breakfast will close with a police and fire honor guard flag-raising in honor of 9/11. Follow them in pictures and posts on their Facebook (UnitedWayofUtahCounty) and Twitter (@UWayUC) accounts.
United Way submission by AbbyW on Tue, 09/09/2014
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