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Educators observe September 11 as National Day of Service and Remembrance


WASHINGTON - September 11, 2009 -

September 11, 2001, will always be considered a turning point in U.S. history. In observance of the newly established September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, educators across the country find unique ways to honor the memory of those whose lives were lost. The National Education Association pauses to remember the many men and women whose lives were lost eight years ago today. We pay homage to their memory through a renewed commitment to volunteerism and community.

The following can be attributed to NEA President Dennis Van Roekel:

“As the nation pauses to remember those lost on 9/11, NEA calls on educators, students and community members to commit to volunteer in and around our public schools. Many of our students are too young to know the true significance of what this day means to our country. As educators we are proud to be able to teach by example the very valuable lessons of humanity and service that were inspired by the aftermath of the day. We encourage everyone to stand with us and choose to serve their communities and schools today and throughout the year in honor of the memory and sacrifice of others.”
 

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional organization, representing
3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

CONTACT: Michelle Hudgins
(202) 822-7823, mhudgins@nea.org