Summer’s end was a time to remember the Marines and Sailors who gave their lives during the evacuation of Afghans and Americans from Kabul last year. During an infamous attack, while American forces assisted in humanitarian efforts, 13 U.S. Service members and almost 200 locals perished. Many others were severely injured. A year later, we still remember their sacrifice and commitment to the mission with honor and total dedication.
These selfless acts of service are part of the framework that brings new meaning to the 9-11 remembrance. More than two decades after terrorists crushed symbols of the American spirit, the grief over the close to 3,000 souls lost during the attacks and the dedication of the First Responders are part of the collective soul of America. These heroes have inspired many to transform their communities through service. Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance are concrete ways to redefine this response and multiply their efforts.
So many U.S. Service Members embraced this call to service in response to 9-11. The sweat and blood of those who served to defend freedom and democracy during the Global War on Terror inspire us to do our part. Our ANSO familia inspires Latinos to join our Sea Services and wear the uniform proudly while maintaining the highest professional standards and leadership. Each can do our part in mentoring, coaching, or sponsoring Latinos and underrepresented groups in our Armed Forces.
Another way of promoting service is by getting involved in our local areas and spreading seeds of benevolence. Small acts make a big difference. One way to do this is by connecting with 9/11 Day (https://911day.org/), an organization behind the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. Their mission “is to take back the day, transform the anniversary of 9/11 into a national day of doing good, and in the process rekindle the spirit of unity that arose in America in the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2011, terrorist attacks.” By donating or checking the list of good deeds available around the nation, we can be a part of this new way of remembrance. We remember, move into action, and strengthen our nation as a unified front.