Philadelphia, September 11, 2012 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter participated in two events today as part of the City of Philadelphia’s observance of the National Day of Service and Remembrance to mark the eleventh anniversary of September 11, 2001.
“As we remember the events of September 11, 2001, we cannot recall that day without thinking about the men and women in uniform who courageously fulfilled their duty and saved the lives of so many,” said Mayor Nutter. “They represent the very best of our nation and what it means to serve others. With service comes honor, and no one can deny the honor of these Americans. I deeply appreciate the men and women who to serve the citizens of Philadelphia with dignity and honor.”
During the afternoon, Mayor Nutter took part in a dedication ceremony to unveil the 9/11 Memorial on the banks of the Schuylkill River. The ceremony reflected upon the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001, as well as the heroes and victims of that day, including three Philadelphians who lost their lives in the World Trade Center attacks. The memorial was designed by the firm Wells Appel and incorporates a steel beam from one of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.
Later, the Mayor joined Global Citizen and military and veterans organizations at City Hall as part of the National Day of Service and Rememberance to annoucnce details of Global Citizen’s new program, Mission 365: Connecting Military & Civilian Service on the Homefront. Mayor Nutter presented the first Mission365 Active Citizenship Award to former Tuskegee Airman, Major John L. Harrison, Jr. (Air Force, retired), who was also head of the Peace Corps in Swaziland and regional director of the ACTION national service program, which included the Peace Corps, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and the Foster Grandparents program.
Mission365 will provide volunteer opportunities that engage military veterans and support veteran-serving organizations. The program will provide employment resources for veterans and help build ongoing partnerships among veteran-serving organizations with service programs throughout the Philadelphia-area. Representatives from six local military and veteran-serving organizations were represented in City Hall during the event to provide information about the work they are doing to serve local veterans and offering volunteer opportunities.