Day of Service and Remembrance

The first flag on the 48, Mount Liberty, 2001. (Photo:

Today, September 11, is a national day of service and remembrance here in the United States.

Service and remembrance can mean different things to different people, but for me, both are positive actions, like the following examples.

In the spirit of remembrance, if you hike any of New Hampshire's 48 4,000-foot peaks today you'll find fellow hikers carrying flags to the top of each one.

Flags on the 48 began on September 15, 2001, when six members of the Appalachian Mountain Club got together and climbed 4,459-foot Mount Liberty to raise a 96-square-foot American flag.

In the spirit of service, non-profits across the country have volunteer opportunities today (and every day) to help clean up and protect the outdoors, get kids outside, and improve the places we love to explore.

It's not hard to find a local outdoor or environmental group that would benefit from a little of your time and energy. The Sierra Club is holding a day of outdoor service today, but there are plenty of others, maybe even in your backyard, who'd appreciate a hand.

Wherever or however you find meaning in service or remembrance, consider the following quote by 19th-century author and clergyman Edward Everett Hale:

"I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything; but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do."

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September 11, 2010 at 9:50 a.m. (EDT)

Very important for us to remember this day and those who lost their lives, and the families who lost loved ones. It should also remind us of how important our firemen, policemen, rescuers, and first responders are.

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September 12, 2010 at 1:54 p.m. (EDT)

I meditated on the word 'homage' yesterday.

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