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Remembering 9/11 and How to Be Part of National Day of Service

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Remembering 9/11 and How to Be Part of National Day of Service

By Karen Mills, Former SBA Administrator
Published: September 9, 2011

<p>Like most of you, I remember where I was on 9/11.&nbsp; My family had just moved from New York City to Maine, and I was at home with my husband Barry.&nbsp; &nbsp;My three sons were just starting at their new schools, but they still thought of Manhattan as home.&nbsp; After I saw what happened, I drove to their schools to touch base with their teachers and make sure they were OK. &nbsp;That afternoon, Barry, who had just taken a job as a college president, brought his students and the local community together at the college&rsquo;s gym for a time of reflection. We won&rsquo;t forget that day.</p><p>This Sunday, I encourage everyone to be part of America&rsquo;s National Day of Service and Remembrance to honor the nearly 3,000 innocent victims who lost their lives that day.&nbsp; There are many ways you can do that.</p><p>You can find &ndash; or create &ndash; local opportunities to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11 at <a href=""></a>. &nbsp;At that site, you&rsquo;ll find everything from food drives and neighborhood cleanups&hellip; to activities that help honor our military, our veterans, and our first responders.</p><p>If you plan to simply spend quality time with your family, I encourage you to take a moment at 1 p.m. EDT to &ldquo;stop and remember,&rdquo; as the U.S. Senate has called us to do.&nbsp;</p><p>I also want to echo <a href=" President&rsquo;s call for unity</a>.&nbsp; Our communities &ndash; and, yes, that includes small businesses &ndash; have been challenged many times since 9/11.&nbsp; Each time, we have come together to show America&rsquo;s resilience, and, each time, we emerge stronger than before.</p><p>Finally, I want to thank all of our veterans &ndash; including the many who work at the SBA &ndash; for their service.&nbsp; You and your families have given so much over the years to strengthen our security and ensure our way of life.</p><p>I and my family are deeply grateful to you, as is the entire SBA family.</p>

About the Author:

Karen Mills

Former SBA Administrator

Karen Gordon Mills is the Former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBA helps both Main Street and high-growth small businesses get access to capital, counseling, federal contracts, disaster assistance and more.


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