Later this week, our Nation will observe the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. We will set aside time on that solemn day to honor those who lost their lives. We will pay special tribute to the many heroes who, in the service of others and our country, selflessly showed us the best of who we are.
You show us that too, through your work for our country every single day.
On the solemn day of September 11 – a day that is declared our National Day of Service and Remembrance – I ask that you lead others in your community to volunteer their time in service of others. You can learn of volunteer opportunities in your community from AmeriCorps. If you want to support the effort to resettle Afghan nationals as part of Operation Allies Welcome, please consider signing up for the DHS Volunteer Force.
September is also National Preparedness Month and it is fitting that this year's theme is Prepare to Protect. While we help families, households, and businesses prepare for emergencies and disasters, we also offer a unique opportunity for colleagues to volunteer to deploy across the country and around the world to assist those in need. In whatever way you choose to contribute – whether by volunteering, donating to a charitable cause, or other act of giving – you will make a difference.
Through your service, you keep the American public safe and you make our country stronger. Thank you for everything you do.
Alejandro N. Mayorkas
Secretary of Homeland Security
With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.