September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance
Say Thank You with Service on September 11
Serve DC is encouraging residents to commemorate the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance and pay tribute to the men and women in uniform by giving back.
On behalf of Blue Star Families and Operation Honor Cards, Serve DC is hosting "#ThankUniforms," an outreach campaign that calls on District residents to pledge and fulfill service hours in the District of Columbia to honor the service of first responders, military service members, veterans, and their families.
Pledge Community Service Hours & Say Thank You
On September 11 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., Serve DC staff and volunteer teams will be at #ThankUniforms pop ups at Metrorail stations across the city, including:
- Foggy Bottom/GWU (GWU Hospital exit)
- Minnesota Avenue
- Navy Yard/Ballpark (M Street and New Jersey Avenue exit)
- U Street/Cardozo (U and 12th Street exit)
- Union Station (Massachusetts Avenue exit)
At the pop ups, Individuals can complete honor cards pledging community service, submit personalized thank-you messages to service members and share their commitment via social media.
Serve DC will also collect service pledges and messages online throughout the day. Individuals can pledge community service hours at the link below:
Share Your Commitment
Upon completing an in-person or online honor card, Serve DC is asking individuals and groups to share their commitment and encourage their networks to get involved via social media. Send a message or photo via Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr and be sure to include the hashtag #ThankUniforms and tag @ServeDC in the post.
Individuals can download a customizable #ThankUniforms sign or create your own, then take a picture of yourself or your group and share it Serve DC will be compiling all of the photos and messages for a special album that will be shared with first responders and military service members.
The total number of hours pledged will be submitted to Operation Honor Cards national tally on behalf of the District of Columbia Government and corresponding messages of thanks will be shared with military service members and families and displayed in public venues in Washington, DC and at military installations across the country.
Explore Volunteer Opportunities
Individuals can find ways to fufill their pledge by exploring District-based volunteer offerings via a corresponding online "Virtual Volunteer Fair." The fair will feature a new volunteer resource and opportunities with the city's most-renowned volunteer-driven organizations, including nonprofits, local and federal government agencies, public and public charter schools, community groups, and more.
For more information about September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance activities in the District of Columbia, please contact Clarence Fluker.
For more information on having an organization or volunteer opportunity listed as part of the "Virtual Volunteer Fair," please contact Emily Batchelder.
About Operation Honor Cards
Operation Honor Cards is a joint project of Blue Star Families, the Points of Light Institute the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Department of Defense, and others.
Inspired by the First Lady's Joining Forces Campaign for military families, the program aims to create an atmosphere of "shared service" and a WWII sense of "all give some" by encouraging Americans to perform service in honor of military families and veterans.
About the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance
The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is a positive and forward-looking way for Americans and others to forever honor and remember the September 11, 2001 victims and survivors, as well as those who rose to service in the aftermath of the attacks.