9/11 Day of Service & 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.
The 9/11 Tribute Center’s seventh annual 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance event was a great success! On September 16, Over 600 volunteers from lower New York companies that were directly impacted by 9/11 gathered at the Lexington Avenue Armory to build 500 bikes to donate to children to whose parents are active duty United States 75th Ranger Regiment soldiers. BNY Mellon was the event’s lead sponsor.
Together, we remembered loved ones, friends and colleagues and celebrated the spirit of resilience and compassion we experienced in the aftermath of 9/11.
To get involved, contact us at:
Phone: 212-422-3520 x112
Throughout the month of September, 9/11 Service and Remembrance activities take place in all 50 states. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers paint and refurbish homes, run food drives, spruce up schools, reclaim neighborhoods and engage in projects that support and honor veterans, soldiers, military families and first responders.
Tribute’s 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance projects are uniquely meaningful. Our projects unite companies that have so diligently worked to rebuild and sustain Lower Manhattan.
A record number of volunteers turned out for our 2015 bike build. Working in teams of five, volunteers built each bike for a specific child between the ages of 5 and 14. After selecting the right bike size and type, volunteer teams enthusiastically attached wheels, pedals, handle bars, seats and brakes. Bikes were then brought to a tire inflation station and a final quality control check to make sure they were ready to ride! Volunteers decorated each bike with ribbons and wrote a special, personal note to the child who’d be receiving it. Outside of the Armory, bikes and helmets were loaded directly on to Apex Express trucks bound for the 75th Ranger Regiment, 1st Battalion, Hunter Army Air Field, Savannah, Georgia.
Thank you to all the companies that participated in our 2015 9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance event:
[We] built a bike… myself and a colleague- it was for an 8 year old girl. We signed it, ‘We hope you enjoy this bike. It was built by two guys from New York City.’ We hope that puts a smile on her face, and made her think there are people out there that are good and caring. – Tom, corporate volunteer
This is such an uplifting event, working with people from other corporations, other unions, and other companies, other New Yorkers, it was so much fun. – Jim, corporate volunteer
On Saturday, September 19, 2015, Tribute CEO, Jennifer Adams and Tribute co-founder, Lee Ielpi traveled to Hunter Army Air Field in Savannah, Georgia to deliver the bikes to 75th Ranger Regiment families. The bikes met their new owners who were ready for lots of adventures. Jen and Lee greeted the families and extended appreciate for their service on behalf of all of our Day of Service volunteers.
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, 9/11 Tribute Center President & Co-founder
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.