WESTPORT, Conn. — Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe is urging residents to take part in community service projects and do good deeds on the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
"I would like to take the opportunity to encourage Westport residents to reflect and consider volunteer service in remembrance of those lost on that tragic day. To honor the lives lost, and to commemorate the day, September 11 has been established as a National Day of Service and Remembrance," Marpe said in a statement. "This effort first established the inspiring tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks."
The request is a simple one: "Do at least one good deed on Sept. 11 to honor the victims and responders on the 15th anniversary of the attack."
Marpe said he is encouraged by the good work of Westport residents when it comes to volunteering and helping the community.
"I am grateful that so many Westporters regularly volunteer in so many different ways. It is what allows Westport to be the unique, vibrant community that we all love," he said.
Marpe related a recent example when the Friends of Sherwood Island, along with a donation of materials and labor from T. Palmer Landscaping, organized a cleanup of the Connecticut 9/11 Memorial at Sherwood Island State Park.
"For a few hours, many in our community took personal time to selflessly and respectfully work together in order to provide an enhanced experience for 9/11 Memorial visitors, including those who lost loved ones in the attacks," Marpe said.
Last Thursday, Sherwood Island State Park hosted the Connecticut Remembers ceremony in advance of the 9/11 anniversary. Hundreds of family members, friends, officials and the public came out to the spruced up park for the memorial event.
"On this Sept. 11, I respectfully request that Westporters consider performing one good deed for a neighbor, friend, loved one, or perhaps someone you pass on the street. A note, a verbal 'thank you,' a simple kindness made to make someone feel special and loved are all small acts that generate mutual feelings of respect and caring for humankind," Marpe said.
"As we know, one good deed has the potential to expand into a positive tradition; a movement that finds its roots in even the smallest of kind gestures; a movement that has the possibility to affect a positive change towards volunteerism and community service for generations to come."