9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance
Join the 9/11 Tribute Center for our annual 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance volunteer event. Together, we remember loved ones, friends and colleagues and celebrate the spirit of resilience and compassion we experienced in the aftermath of 9/11.
Thank you to the volunteers who joined the 9/11 Tribute Center’s sixth annual National Day of Service and Remembrance. On September 18, 2014, thirteen corporations joined the 9/11 Tribute Center to assemble bicycles for children of active military families.
Contact us if you’d like to get involved.
Phone: 212-422-3520 x112
Each year, on 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, hundreds of corporate volunteers join the 9/11 Tribute Center to participate in a rewarding, team-building service project. Our projects unite companies that have so diligently worked to rebuild and sustain Lower Manhattan. Volunteer teams engage in such positive activities as assembling bicycles for children of active military servicemen and women and creating gift packages for soldiers serving abroad.
Over 600 employees volunteered this year, all from companies affected by 9/11. Volunteer teams started by receiving the name of a special child to build a bike according to their age 5–14 years old. After selecting the right size and type of bike in the box teams began attaching the wheels, pedals, handle bars, seat, and brakes. Next step tire inflation, quality control check to make sure all bolts are tight, followed by adding a special touch of bows, ribbons and writing a personal note to each child.
Volunteers then selected a special helmet and passed off the bikes to Apex Express which loaded 343 bikes on a truck bound for Fort Benning, GA. The remaining 157 bikes were picked up by families from Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, NY.
Thank you to all the companies that participated in our 2014 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance event:
- BNY Mellon
- American Express
- Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft
- CME Group
- Deutsche Bank
- Keefe, Bruyette & Woods
- Morgan Stanley
- Sandler O’Neill & Partners
- Spirit Cruises
This morning I participated in the 9/11/ Tribute Center event ‘Building Smiles’ and was so moved by the event. As I helped put together the bicycles, I had a moment of utter recognition in which I realized that I needed to make my experience on 9/11 into a positive event. I was downtown sitting in my office and was almost thrown out of my chair at my desk when the first plane hit the WTC. As I stood in the middle of Church St. and tried to make sense of what was going on, the 2nd plane was banking into the WTC. I stood there unable to move and watched as the 2nd plane hit the WTC. After standing there for what seemed like hours, I knew I had to move and move quickly. Within a few minutes, I heard the most horrific noise and realized that the gentlemen had predicted the unfathomable – the towers were indeed falling. I am one of the lucky ones that survived and am able to turn an event that still brings me to my knees into a positive outcome by volunteering at the 9/11 Tribute Center.” –Pam, a corporate volunteer
On Saturday, September 20, 2014 our special bikes met their new owners ready for lots of adventures. Lee Ielpi, Jennifer Adams-Webb and Nancy Gamerman traveled to Fort Benning to greet the families and extend appreciation for their service.
Seeing the excitement and smiles on the faces of the children this morning was overwhelming. Knowing that their families have missed birthdays, holidays and special occasions together because of their deployment makes this especially meaningful.” –Lee Ielpi
Families from the 75th Ranger Regiment turned out with great anticipation and excitement to ride off on their new bikes. It was all smiles as the bikes were off loaded in groups by battalion. Andrew who brought a special thank you note for the 9/11 Tribute Center hopped right on his bike and rode around the field.
Each and every child was so grateful taking the time to say thank you and give us a hug for their special bike. Many of the little bikes were their very first bike. Hearing a mom express how her son now has the freedom to ride to school and visit friends brought home how much a bike means when you are a child. We are thankful to our team of partners who help make this event possible, turning the emotions of a terrible day into positive action and seeing the smiles we are able to create together truly represents the mission of the 9/11 Tribute Center.” –Jennifer Adams-Webb, 9/11 Tribute Center CEO
Special thanks to the following companies, individuals and departments that donated services and equipment: USO, Apex Xpress Inc., FDNY, NYPD, PAPD, US ARMY and US Coast Guard.