margmeadquoteI was recently asked to write a post for VoiceQuilt on the topic of volunteering. Did you know that in 2009, the federal government designated September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance? It’s really a lovely way to honor those who lost their lives in the horrible tragedy that shook our country on 9/11/2001. It also allows us to bring something positive to a day mired in sadness and loss.

Do you have any special plans with regard to 9/11? What are your favorite volunteer activities? Take a look at my post, Class in Session: Volunteering 101, for some ideas as well as information on the benefits of volunteering (you may find some of these surprising!).

You can also find out how VoiceQuilt can help you preserve memories in a very unique way!! Imagine having a high quality audio recording of your loved one telling a favorite story from years gone by – what a treasure! Or how about collecting recorded voice messages from family and friends and presenting it to someone in the early stages of Alzheimer’s?

flag_HI_2011September 11th changed our country forever – in many mournful ways , but it’s also an excellent reminder that tomorrow is not promised. Preserve a memory, lend a hand, commit a random act of kindness – do something as a tribute to the victims of that horrific act that took place 12 years ago on a morning that started out like any other “normal” morning…