It can be hard to decide exactly how to memorialize or remember the horrific events of September 11th, 2001. It will forever be a date that brings back horrible memories and also triggers emotions of anger and sadness. Two men came up with a wonderful idea to observe the date each year, and that idea has become the international movement called 9/11 Day.

9/11 Day is the international non-profit movement to observe September 11 every year as a day of charitable service and doing good deeds.

9/11 Day was originally created in 2002 by two friends, David Paine and Jay Winuk. David and Jay had worked together in New York City, long before the 9/11 attacks. Jay’s younger brother Glenn, a partner at the prominent national law firm Holland & Knight LLP, was one of the nearly 3,000 people killed on 9/11. For almost 20 years Glenn also was a volunteer firefighter and EMT, specially trained and certified in building collapse rescue operations, working out of the Jericho Volunteer Fire Department on Long Island. When the World Trade Center was attacked, Glenn helped to evacuate his law offices, then raced into the WTC’s South Tower to participate in the rescue efforts. Glenn died in the line of duty along with many others when that building collapsed. His partial remains were found in March 2002, a borrowed first response medical kit by his side. In 2002 they formed the nonprofit group One Day’s Pay in honor of Glenn and all those who perished. The organization was later renamed MyGoodDeed.

Today MyGoodDeed, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, tax exempt organization, leads a positive way to forever remember and pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, honor those that rose in service in response to the attacks, and remind people of the importance of working more closely together in peace to improve our world.

To see the many celebrities and others from around the world who have made videos pledging what they will do today for 9/11 Day, click here.

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