ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Eleven years ago tomorrow fanatic mass murderers attacked the United States. Around 3,000 of us died. In a lot of cases remembering 9-11 becomes bogged down in politics. Even the construction of the 9-11 memorial museum at ground zero has ground to a halt. A victim of a political dispute among the mayor of new york city and the governors of New York and New Jersey.
Back on the first anniversary of 9-11 in 2002 a group of community and civic volunteers came up with an idea and a website called MyGoodDeed.Org it was designed to turn the anniversary of 9-11 into a day of service when you would join civic or church or community or government groups, get out and do something for someone else.
Feed the hungry. Clean the streets. Visit an injured veteran. Help out an animal shelter. Clothe the homeless. You name it. My good deed morphed into 911day.org. In 2009 congress designated September 11th as a national day of service and remembrance.
So, I have a more than modest proposal. I would like to start a movement to declare 9-11 a real national hooliday. A real, nobody goes to work, offices are shut down, kids are off from school national holiday. But on this holiday the entire idea is to give to others. To give to your community. To give to your country. It would be a day where all americans would be urged to get off their behinds and do something for someone else.
Being an American gives us lots of priveleges. But there are also duties with that privelege. We are all in this together. We are all part of this ongoing evolving adventure in democracy. September 11th is the best day nto tajke that spirit and turn it into something concrete. Do something for others.
I’m Charles Jaco and that’s Jacology.