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Message from Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee on National Day of Remembrance and Service

On September 11, 2001, our nation experienced the worst terrorist attack in our history. On that day, families, friends and all Americans citizens were torn apart by the loss of the innocent individuals who perished in New York City, at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and in a field in southwestern Pennsylvania. Eight years later, we continue to mourn their loss and celebrate their lives. We also pay tribute to the heroes and first responders who gave so much when their fellow citizens needed them the most.

The Administration on Aging(AoA) is proud to join President Obama and the entire nation as we acknowledge September 11 as National Day of Remembrance and Service. Today we reflect on how blessed we are to live in the United States. We come together to continue to show strength in unity and courage in the face of adversity. We remember the past, but we look to tomorrow. We are Americans. We will endure.

Today, America's spirit of compassion and generosity continues to shine. All across the country, people are taking time today to lend a hand to those who need a boost. I am very proud that AoA staff and members of our national network of state, tribal and community-based organizations that serve older Americans are fanning out in communities across the country to perform meaningful service activities on behalf of at risk and frail older persons, their caregivers and their families. Whether it's serving a meal to a hungry senior, running errands for those who are homebound or just spending some time with those who are alone and isolated, these gestures make a big difference in their lives. I ask everyone to take some time today and throughout the year to help someone less fortunate. Together we can help tackle the tough challenges our country faces now and in the future.