Americans Honor 9/11 Victims With Day of Service

By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks is not just a day to remember the victims – it is also a day to do good deeds in their memory.

When the story of 9/11 is told, Jay Winuk hopes it includes the chapters of the days and months that followed. 

"And that it is not just about the attacks, but about the way people coalesced and came together to get this country back on it's feet," Winuk, who pushed to make 9/11 a national day of service, told WCBS 880's Peter Haskell. "Everybody wanted to pitch in with acts large and small to bring people together,"

Winuk co-founded 9/11 Day in 2002 as a way to pay tribute to his brother, Glenn, who was 40 years old when he was killed on 9/11 trying to help others. 

"He lived his life and died in service to other people," Winuk said.

"The idea was simple," said co-founder and 9/11 Day President David Paine. "Ask all Americans to do one good deed on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in tribute to 9/11 victims, first responders, recovery workers, military, those injured and others impacted by 9/11 terrorist attacks." 

Now, 9/11 Day is the largest national day of service.

"Research shows that 15 million people each year participate in 9/11 Day by doing good deeds," Winuk said. "We want to get 9/11 Day to the point where it's a ubiquitous observance in this country."

On Wednesday, Winuk will be at the the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum where 4,000 New Yorkers will pack 1 million meals for the hungry. 

At least 100,000 meals will be donated to support the victims of Hurricane Dorian.

Other volunteer events will be hosted in cities all across the nation.

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