In 2009, the United States Congress authorized an official day of service and remembrance in recognition of the manner in which Americans responded in helping others affected by the events of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack. It has been reported that about 35 million Americans participate in offering some form of charitable service on the anniversary of 9/11. This year, on Saturday September 10th, Lehi City is partnering with several local groups in order to make this a special day throughout our community by serving each other through donating a portion of their day in some form of service. It is an incredible opportunity to come together as a community and unite, working side by side, to go about “doing good” and showing love toward our neighbors. It is a time when politics, religion, and our difference are set aside as we work shoulder to shoulder, building unity in the community.
Locally, the “Lehi Area Community Service Coalition”, a collective group of community leaders organized to plan the annual Lehi 911 “National Day of Service and Remembrance” have been working hard in organizing cooperation across the city. This group consists of not only Lehi City, but many of our local organizations such as our school’s student body organizations, the city’s Youth Council, Several church groups of different denominations, The Rotary Club and many other essential business leaders and influencers in our community.
After previous events, Curtis Bennett, the Area Director for the Salt Lake Valley JustServe organization, said the following: “First of all, we learned when citizens of Utah, the number one volunteering state in the Union, citizens from all walks of life, religious or not, from varying ethnic groups and crossing all boundaries go to work side by side miracles happen, bonds are forged, differences are forgotten, communities are strengthened, (and) we become better as a whole.”
There will be a number of opportunities to serve regardless of your abilities. Below is a list of how you can be connected to a service project and time frame that will work for you. These links can also be found on the city web page and our social medial pages.
I ask this, please get involved for this worthy cause by searching the opportunity that best suits you and your family. Make this a new yearly event.
-Mayor Mark Johnson