H.Res. 718: Recognizing September 11 as a "National Day of Service and Remembrance"

H.Res. 718

Recognizing September 11 as a "National Day of Service and Remembrance"

Rep. Doris O. Matsui

September 10, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

H.Res. 718 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. The resolution was introduced by Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) on July 31, 2009, and referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which took no official action.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 718 would express the sense that the House of Representatives:

•  "Calls upon all people in the United States to annually observe a ‘National Day of Service and Remembrance', with appropriate and personal expressions of reflection, including performing good deeds, attending memorial and remembrance services, and voluntarily engaging in community service or other charitable activities of their own choosing in honor of those who lost their lives or were injured in the September 11, 2001, attacks, in tribute to those who rose to come to the aid of those in need, and in defense of our Nation; and

•  "Urges all people in the United States to continue to live their lives throughout the year with the same spirit of unity, service, and compassion that was exhibited throughout the Nation following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks."




According to the resolution's findings, in the immediate aftermath of the attacks on September 11, 2001, thousands of recovery workers from all backgrounds joined along with thousands of firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians, physicians, nurses, military personnel to protect the lives of people at risk. These volunteer came to the aid of victims immediately, and without regard for their own safety. In 2004, Congress passed H.Con.Res. 473, which expressed the sense that "it is appropriate to observe the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks with voluntary acts of service and compassion."