Thursday, September 30, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Nine years ago, nearly three thousand Americans lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Like many Americans, I was shocked and horrified by the attacks on our country. But I was also inspired by the heroism and selflessness of so many of my fellow Americans in the wake of this tragedy.
From the brave men and women of Flight 93 who sacrificed their own lives to save the lives of others, to the first responders who rushed without hesitation to help those in need, to the young men and women who chose to join our Armed Forces following the attacks - these tragic events united Americans in a remarkable spirit of solidarity and compassion.
It’s that spirit of selflessness and service that inspired the first September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance last year. On this day all Americans can honor the brave men and women who lost and risked their lives by serving others in their community.
Tomorrow, I will be volunteering with Mission Serve, an initiative bringing together civilian and military communities through service and volunteerism. Working alongside active duty members of the military, wounded warriors, veterans, military spouses and students, I’ll help renovate a community center at a retirement community for veterans in McLean, Virginia.
You can join me in participating in the National Day of Service by finding a service opportunity in your area on Serve.gov:
Thursday, September 9, 2010
On June 30, 2010 on what would have been a very busy day at Kiddieland in Melrose Park, the well-known sign was removed. According to staff it took a little over an hour for the girl to come down. The boy was trickier and staff photographer Suzanne Tennant was there to witness it as crews used torches and crow-bars to pry the little fellow from the perch that has been his home since the late 50's. Passer's by stopped to look up while waiting at the lights and some even pulled over to take photos and video. One family from Park Ridge sat for much of the process to watch. Tammy Sako the mother commented, "It's like going to my grandmother's funeral." The Kiddieland lot will be occupied by a Costco but you will still be able to visit the sign thanks to the Melrose Park Historic Society. The sign will be placed somewhere near Village Hall. (Suzanne Tennant/Staff Photographer)