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National Day of Service and Remembrance

Serve DC is encouraging residents to commemorate the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance and pay tribute to men and women in uniform by giving back. On behalf of Blue Star Families and Operation Honor Card, Serve DC is hosting “#ThankUniforms,” an outreach campaign that calls on District residents to pledge and fulfill service hours to honor the service of first responders, military service members, veterans, and their families.

On September 11, Serve DC staff and volunteer teams will be at #ThankUniforms pop ups at Metrorail stations across the city, including:

*   Foggy Bottom/GWU (GWU Hospital exit)

*   Navy Yard/Ballpark (M Street and New Jersey Avenue exit)

*   U Street/Cardozo (U and 12th Street exit)

*   Union Station (Massachusetts Avenue exit)

At the pop ups, individuals can complete honor cards pledging community service, submit personalized thank-you messages to service members and share their commitment via social media. Serve DC will also collect service pledges and messages online throughout the day.

Upon completing an in-person or online honor card, Serve DC is asking individuals and groups to use social media to share their commitment and encourage their networks to get involved. Individuals can download a customizable #ThankUniforms sign or create your own, then take a picture of yourself or your group and share it via social media. Be sure to include the hashtag #ThankUniforms and tag @ServeDC.

Serve DC will compile all photos and messages for a special album that will be shared with first responders and military service members. The total number of hours pledged will be submitted to the Operation Honor Cards national tally on behalf of the District of Columbia Government and corresponding thank-you messages will be shared with military service members and families and displayed in public venues in Washington, DC and at military installations across the country.

Moment of Silence and Flags Across Arlington

When: September 11, 2014

Where: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

A moment of silence will be held at 9:37 a.m. to remember the 184 victims of this tragic event. Arlington County will hang U.S. flags from overpasses and buildings in a display of “Flags Across Arlington.” The cemetery is open and the public is welcome to visit.

Top of the World Observation

When: Thursday, September 11, 2014 – 8:00 a.m. to 6:00p.m.

Where: Level 27th Floor of the World Trade Center Baltimore, 401 East Pratt Street Baltimore, MD 21202

In memory of the victims of the September 11 attacks, a permanent display featuring artifacts from the Twin Towers, Pentagon and Flight 93 National Memorial is open on Thursday, September 11 from 8am-6pm at the Top of the World Observation Level, located on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center Baltimore at 401 East Pratt Street.

Pentagon Memorial

The memorial commemorates the 184 lives lost in the Pentagon and on American Airlines Flight 77 during the terrorist attacks. The Pentagon Memorial is free and open to the public 24 hours a day. Special services will be held for the families of the victims of 9/11 at the Memorial on September 11, 2014

Fort Meade’s Annual Run of Remembrance

When: Friday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 a.m.

Where: McGlachlin Parade Field

Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Maryland’s fourth congressional district will join installation Commander Col. Brian Foley as more than 1,800 Fort George G. Meade service members and civilians from 22 units participate in the Fort Meade Run of Remembrance. The run, which is the fifth annual event of its kind, commemorates the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

The three-mile esprit de corps formation run will snake throughout the installation as family members line the streets to encourage the runners. This large formation will include members from every branch of service who will call cadence as motivation as they complete this traditional installation event.

9/11 Unity Walk

When: September 21, 2014, 12:30-4 p.m.

Where: Embassy Row

The Unity Walk is an interfaith, cross cultural commemoration of the September 11 attacks. This year’s Walk will take place on Embassy Row in Washington DC. The Unity Walk offers participants the opportunity to learn about different faiths and cultures at open houses for churches, synagogues, temples, gurdwaras, and mosques; enjoy diverse cuisines; and participate in a service project hosted by Unity Walk’s Interfaith Youth Action Group. The event is free and open to all.