Today, I am remembering the sons and daughters of our Commonwealth and the thousands of others who were lost eight years ago in the tragedy of September 11th, 2001.
That day, forever etched in our collective memory, moved Americans to rally together in an unprecedented spirit of compassion and community. First-responders and volunteers played an important role to restore hope to our nation and families. With the signing of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in April, today we observe the first Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. It is a chance to reflect on the importance of service to each other and on the ties that bring us together as Americans.
Personally, I am participating in a service activity organized by The Massachusetts 9/11 Fund, Inc., Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund and Homes for Our Troops. I am writing letters to our servicemen and women that will be included in care packages. Their service is inspiration to us all, and it is an especially poignant day to acknowledge their sacrifice and service.