ROCKWALL, TX (September 6, 2023) — This year to commemorate 9/11, over 35 Rockwall-area community members are uniting with thousands around the DFW area to pack meals for families suffering from food insecurity. Rockwall Councilman Clarence Jorif, Retired U.S. Secret Service Senior Special Agent during the 9/11 attacks and an Army veteran, will be honored as a special guest to kick-off the event at 11:30am. Eight of the Rockwall-area volunteers will be serving as team leads for the project. Meal packing was chosen for the cause because September is Hunger Action Month.
9/11 Day is a nonprofit organization that was founded to honor those who lost their lives and those who ran to the rescue. They promote September 11th as a “National Day of Service and Remembrance.” What began as a terrorist act is now a day of unity and service to strengthen both local communities and the nation as a whole.
Like others who serve and protect our nation, 9/11 is intimately personal to Clarence Jorif, who was in Washington DC the day of those terrible events. Giving back to the community in remembrance of this day is important to him and his family. “Community service has been a mainstay in my life. Mom and Dad always said it was better to give of yourself” says Jorif. “Giving back and serving others makes all of us better.”
Just Serve is a website sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that brings together volunteers with organizations in need of help. Just Serve has partnered with organizations across the globe to help people find projects in their own backyard. Dozens of 9/11 Day service opportunities can be found all around the DFW area on Just Serve to help you remember, honor, and serve.
Here in Rockwall, community members can also join with #WALKTHEBRIDGE to observe 9/11 on September 10th at 11am by walking a symbolic 22 miles and reading names of first responders who have lost their lives.
On September 11, 2023, take a moment to remember those who lost their lives and unite with others to serve in your community. What can you do to make the world a better place? Just serve.
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