ABC News’ Daniel Steinberger reports:
On Capitol Hill today, lawmakers and family members of victims of the 9/11 tragedy came together to kick off what they hope will be the single-largest day of charitable service in U.S. history. This initiative, in observance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, aims to secure at least one million acts of service in tribute to 9/11 victims.
Senator Charles Schumer, the senior Democratic Senator from New York, told the crowd that there is “no greater thing for our country than to do a day of service.” There is “no more fitting memorial,” he said.
Organizers expect this year's 9/11 Day Observance to be the single-largest day of service and charitable activity in United States history, with at least one million Americans paying tribute through service.
As part of the gathering today, members of Congress and family members of 9/11 victims stitched a flag that was destroyed in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks on September 11. The flag which is on a nationwide tour to be restored, has had stitching by tornado survivors in Greensburg, Kansas, survivors of the shooting at Ft. Hood, Texas, by World War II veterans on the deck of the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor, and by the family members of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The flag also has woven in to it a piece of the flag that Abraham Lincoln was laid on when he was shot at Ford’s Theater.
Jeff Parness, a leader in the effort to restore this flag, told the assembled audience that this is “what America is all about.” He said this flag “tells the story of 9/11 but also of 9/12,” a nation able to come together and rebuild from tragedy.
When complete, the National 9/11 flag will become a part of the collection of the National September 11 Memorial Museum being built at the World Trade Center.