Carla Peay | 9/11/2009, 3:49 p.m.
Citizens in the Washington D.C. area commemorated the eight anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with what has become a National Day of Service and Remembrance. At RFK Stadium, Operation Kid Comfort was sponsored by the Greater DC Cares organization.
€The 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance will help rekindle the spirit of unity and support that was felt in the aftermath of that tragic day by bringing people together in service and remembrance,€ said Dr. Madye Henson, president and CEO of Greater DC Cares.
More than 200 volunteers participated in activities that included creating photo quilts of deployed service members.
€The DC Sports and Entertainment Commission is proud to be a partner in hosting this special service project at RFK Stadium and to join individuals around the nation in answering President Obama€s call to service,€ said Erik A. Moses, CEO of the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission. €RFK has hosted a number of impactful service projects in the past, including €A Day of Service for Our Military€ in January when volunteers assembled 85,000 care packages for U.S. troops serving overseas.€
The sponsors for the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance event included Walmart, Fannie Mae, IBM, Network Solutions, UN Foundation, Washington Gas CBeyond, Cresa Partners, HPTi, Raffa, P.C., Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, Hands On Network, Washington Post Media and ABC 7/WJLA-TV.
Nationwide, the anniversary was commemorated by memorial services held in New York, at the Pentagon and at the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania, where people gathered to read the names of those who died in the attacks. Like the ceremony at RFK, volunteers across the country prepared care packages for troops.
President Barack Obama and first Lady Michelle Obama remembered the anniversary with a moment of silence, while Taps was played on a bugle. President Obama declared the 9/11 anniversary would become a day of service on June 22.