Veterans Day 11/11/11
ServiceNation, as part of our Mission Serve initiative, seeks to establish Veterans Day as a national day of service and celebration. We challenge all citizens to show their appreciation for those in military service by engaging in service here at home. By serving in honor of veterans and alongside military families, civilian communities can show their gratitude and respect. And, by creating a large-scale series of events centered on Veterans Day, we are able to bring a focus upon civilian-military integration, as well as the importance of service for our nation. Mission Serve will be celebrating and honoring Veterans Day. The goal is to host 11 large scale service projects in 11 cities across the nation on 11/11/11. Following the tenth anniversary of 9/11, it is important that, as a nation, we continue to recognize the work of military service members and veterans.
Veterans Day is an opportunity for individuals to mobilize together in service and celebration. The military makes up a large portion of people who have engaged full-time in committed service. The national day of service and celebration affords civilians the opportunity to serve in honor of and alongside military veterans and their families. It is vital that individuals recognize the importance of having American civilians serve side-by-side with veteran, military, and military family communities.
ServiceNation: Mission Serve’s goal of hosting 11 events will bring together the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. We are proud to serve and celebrate on Veterans Day by hosting high profile service events in New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Diego, Honolulu, Tampa and Dallas, plus four sites to be determined. At each of these locations we will demonstrate the importance of celebrating Veterans Day through cross-sector collaboration.
Each event will utilize the involvement of a private-sector sponsor and nonprofit organizations to manage the project and provide volunteers. We are excited to work together with our many nonprofit partners, including USO, Habitat for Humanity, Blue Star Families, and the Hands On Network, as part of this year's 11/11/11 event.
We are honored to partner with our national sponsor, Bank of America, whose commitment to national and community service spans multiple decades. Bank of America has been a supporter of the ServiceNation: Mission Serve initiative since its inception in 2009.
We are also grateful for the support of Dell, Inc., who have partnered with us to sponsor a veterans service project in Dallas. Dell is committed to helping military families stay connected. More information about Dell’s Military Appreciation efforts can be found here.
This blog post was co-written by Amanda Yamaguchi, a ServiceNation intern and Kathryn Cohen, Assistant Director of Development. We wanted to recognize the importance of Veteran's Day and the wonderful work that Mission Serve is doing in coordination with our amazing sponsors and nonprofit partners.