On Saturday, September 10, 2011, citizens of the Richmond Metropolitan area will have the opportunity to give of themselves as an act of rememberance and tribute to those that lost their lives on 9/11. Sponsored by the City of Richmond Neighbor-to-Neighbor Initiative, Handson Greater Richmond and the Department of Parks and Recreation Community Facilities, this event will have people from all over the city and counties joining together to give meaningful service to their community through their volunteerism. Citizens will discover that we can make a difference in this world, and by doing so, inspire others to do the same.
9/11 Day of Service and Rememberance
This project will run for 7 days, starting on Saturday, September 10, 2011, and ending on Friday, September 16, 2011. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Carillon in Dogwood Dell at 9 a.m. on Saturday the 10th. After a rememberance ceremony, projects can then be chosen. The actual ‘work’ time will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Volunteers will also receive a free T-shirt. The actual projects were created by Handson Greater Richmond. You will have a choice of the following projects:
- Clean up of Cannon Creek, the making of a new biking and walking trail.
- Clean up of graffiti at Belle Isle.
- Clean up of the Dogwood Dell Theater at the Carillon.
Everyone is asked to wear sturdy shoes and long sleeved shirts (for those that want to work in Cannon Creek). You will also need work gloves. Plan on bringing bottled water and a snack. For more information call the Department of Parks and Recreation and Community Facilities at (804)646-5733.
Chesterfield County rememberance ceremonies
Chesterfield County will be holding two rememberance events. The first one, on September 9, 2011, will be a Memorial celebration held on the lawn of Historic Chesterfield Courthouse. This ceremony is a tribute to the countless people that gave of their time and service in rescuing those that survived on 9/11. Present will be county fire and EMS members, the sheriffs office and the police department.
On September 11, 2011 county and city residents will get to enjoy a concert by the Richmond Symphony at 5 p.m. This event is being held at Historic Henricus Park. The orchestra, conducted by Steven Smith, will be playing the works of Dvorak, Copeland, Gershwin, Beethovan and Bernstein. People are asked to bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Light refreshments can be purchased on site and this event is free to the public. Henricus Park is located at 251 Henricus Road, Chester, Virginia.
Service and rememberance
All of us, age is not important, have the potential to inspire and lead by example. We as a nation are known for our volunteerism and service to those in need. How many times have you noticed someone doing something that caught your attention and imagination to the point that you just had to take part in the activity? That is inspiration. And, by inspiring, you become a leader. Volunteering can be an individual committment, or a group, family or business committment. Age is not an issue either. Senior citizens can be just as vital to a project as can a 12 year old. Don’t miss this opportunity to be of service, By doing so, you will know in your heart that you have served the community and remembered those that perished on September 11, 2001.