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Volunteers needed for Day of Service on 9/11

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -- On the 10 year anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the City of Richmond is asking you to give back to the community during a day of service.

We're talking about dozens of service projects all across the city and city leaders are hoping that hundreds of you will get involved.

It's the iconic sounds and sights of New York City on September 11, 2001, that will forever be in minds.

"Everyone remembers where they were, what they were doing during the 9-11 attacks. So, it's very emotional event for everyone," says Heather Markel with Hands on Greater Richmond. "That's why she teamed up with the city -- to hold a day of service and remembrance this Sunday, where you can reflect on the heroes in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington DC on 9-11.

"Our hope is that people will remember we are here not necessarily to be served, but to serve others," says Paul Manning, with the City of Richmond.  

The day will start out with a ceremony at the Carillon. Then for four hours -- the giving back part -- all of those service projects on tap. That includes cleaning up at Belle Isle, getting rid of graffiti there.

Another project deals with cleaning up the James River and giving back to the heroes that we have here in our own community: the firefighters.

"We are working at five different stations to do some truck washes. They do that everyday on their own. So, we are giving them a day off and putting together some thank you's to the firemen," says Markel.  

A big thank you on the 10th anniversary of the deadly day in our nation's history.

The ceremony at the Carillon will start at 8:30 and last for about an hour. Then, those service projects will continue until 2 a.m.

http://www.richmondgov.com/NeighborToNeighbor/VolunteerLocally.aspx

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