Mayor Swearengin Issues Proclamation Recognizing ‘Day of Service and Remembrance’
09/11/2009

Mayor Ashley Swearengin today commemorated September 11 by issuing a proclamation recognizing local volunteers who give generously of their time to meet a variety of critical needs across our community.

Mayor Swearengin will present the proclamation to Cathy Caples, executive director of HandsOn Central California, and Pete Weber, chairman of the Fresno Citizens Corps, at an event at Eaton Plaza tonight beginning at 5:30.

In proclaiming September 11, 2009 to be “Day of Service and Remembrance,” Mayor Swearengin urged citizens to commit to community service today and on an ongoing basis.

“Hundreds of thousands of people in the United States from all 50 states as well as others who live in 170 different countries already observe the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks each year by personally engaging in service, good needs and other charitable acts,” Mayor Swearengin’s proclamation reads.

September 11 was officially recognized as a National Day of Service and Remembrance for the first time this year by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, passed with strong bipartisan support and signed into law by President Obama in April.

FROM THE OFFICE OF
MAYOR ASHLEY SWEARENGIN

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, on September 11, 2001, terrorists ruthlessly attacked the United States leading to the tragic death of thousands of innocent United States citizens and other citizens from more than 90 different countries and territories; and

WHEREAS, in response to the attacks in New York City, Washington D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians, physicians, nurses, military personnel, and other first responders immediately and without concern for their own well-being rose to service in an heroic attempt to protect the lives of those still at risk, consequently saving thousands of men and women; and

WHEREAS, in the days, weeks, and months following the attacks, thousands of people in the United States and other nations spontaneously volunteered to help support the rescue and recovery efforts, braving both physical and emotional hardship; and

WHEREAS, hundreds of thousands of brave men and women continue to serve everyday, having answered the call to duty as members of our nation’s armed forces, with thousands having given their lives or been injured to defend our nation’s security and prevent future terrorist attacks; and

WHEREAS, the entire nation witnessed and shared in the tragedy of 9/11 and in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks became unified under a remarkable spirit of service and compassion that inspired and helped heal the nation; and

WHEREAS, in the years immediately following the September 11, 2001, attacks, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics documented a marked increase in volunteerism among citizens in the United States; and

WHEREAS, hundreds of thousands of people in the United States from all 50 states as well as others who live in 170 different countries already observe the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks each year by personally engaging in service, good deeds, and other charitable acts; and

WHEREAS, families of 9/11 victims, survivors, first responders, rescue and recovery workers, and volunteers called for Congress to pass legislation to formally authorize the establishment of September 11 as an annually recognized “National Day of Service and Remembrance,” and for the President of the United States to proclaim the day as such; and

WHEREAS, on March 31, 2009, Congress passed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which included for the first time the authorization and Federal recognition of September 11 as a “National Day of Service and Remembrance,” a bill signed into law on April 21, 2009, by President Barack Obama; and Congresswoman Doris Matsui introduced a house resolution declaring September 11, 2009, a “National Day of Service and Remembrance”; and

WHEREAS, under the banner United We Serve, the Corporation for National and Community Service, in conjunction with thousands of national and local service agencies and non-traditional partners, has created the website Serve.gov to make it easer to find volunteer opportunities on September 11 and throughout the year and to promote impact-oriented service; and

WHEREAS, September 11, 2009, will mark the culmination of the summer phase of United We Serve, President Obama’s nationwide initiative to create a sustained, collaborative, and focused effort to meet community needs and make service a way of life for all Americans, and also will mark an opportunity for Americans to recommit to service.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that I, Mayor Ashley Swearengin, do hereby proclaim the September 11, 2009 to be:

“DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE”

in the City of Fresno and urge citizens to commit to community service on this day and on an ongoing basis.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the
Seal of the City of Fresno, California, this 11th day of September, 2009.


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MAYOR ASHLEY SWEARENGIN

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