Gov. Eloy S. Inos declared Sept. 11, 2013, last Wednesday as a Day of Service and Remembrance in the CNMI.
In the presence of 40 people, Inos signed the proclamation that read: “On September 11, 2001, the American people endured with courage and heroism the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil in the nation’s history; and in response to this tragedy, Americans across the country came together in a remarkable spirit of patriotism and unity and carried out countless acts of kindness, generosity, and compassion.”
Years since the tragedy, community organizations and family members of 9/11 victims began observing the anniversary of Sept. 11 as a charitable service day to honor the memory of those who were lost and those who united in response to the tragedy, including first responders and volunteers.
Sept. 11 was made a day of service and remembrance every year after Congress in April 21, 2009, approved the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which states the anniversary of the attacks should be observed and recognized as an annual “National Day of Service and Remembrance.” The Act charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this nationwide effort.
“Participating in service and remembrance activities in September is a positive and respectful way to remember the lives of those lost, pay tribute to those who rose in service, and honor those who continue to serve our country today, including veterans, soldiers, military families, and first responders,” the proclamation reads.
Dr. Celia Lamkin, chairperson of the U.S. Pinoys for Good Government CNMI Chapter and a volunteer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, spearheaded the effort to have Inos declare Sept. 11, 2013, a Day of Service and Remembrance in the CNMI.
Aside from Inos and Lamkin, also present during the proclamation signing were Department of Public Lands Secretary Pete Tenorio, Inos’ special assistant for administration Esther Fleming, Department of Public Safety Commissioner James Deleon Guerrero, Attorney General Joey San Nicolas, Department of Lands and Natural Resources Secretary Arnold Palacios, transportation adviser Tom Camacho, American Memorial Park chief ranger Jason Beatty, AmeriCorps director Vicky Nicholas, Division of Environmental Quality director Frank Rabauliman, press secretary Angel Demapan, and Inos’ legal counsel, Teresa Kim. (Saipan Tribune)