This Sept. 11, more than 60 Veterans Affairs cemeteries will hold volunteer events as part of the National Day of Service, welcoming VA employees, veterans, family members and the public to take part in beautification efforts on their grounds.
The events are meant to honor the service members, veterans, law enforcement officers, firefighters and other first responders who served on that day, as well as post-9/11 veterans who gave their lives for their country in the past 22 years, according to the VA.
“On 9/11, we encourage all Americans to join us at one of our national cemeteries to volunteer and pay tribute to our nation's heroes,” Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Matt Quinn said in a release Thursday. “By volunteering on this day of service, by cleaning a headstone and saying their names, we tell these heroes our nation has not forgotten all they sacrificed for us.”
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Volunteers largely will clean headstones at 66 participating national cemeteries, but they may be asked to plant flags or participate in other projects at the sites.
Two years ago, VA Secretary Denis McDonough and wife Kari volunteered at Quantico National Cemetery in Virginia, scrubbing grave markers and placing American flags at gravesites.
“We wanted to demonstrate that this is an ongoing commitment, especially, to our 9/11 vets,” McDonough said in an interview Thursday….