Friday, September 09, 2011

Message from Paul Rieckhoff

Dear Sean,

Ten years ago, a New Greatest Generation answered the call to serve in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11th.

Ordinary Americans like myself answered the call as first-responders at Ground Zero and the Pentagon. Thousands more stepped up in their local communities nationwide. And in the years since, over 2.3 million Americans have deployed to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For our community, the memory of that day continues to inspire us to serve at home and abroad. But after this 10th Anniversary, many Americans will be ready to look beyond 9/11. I hope you won't be one of them.

Pledge now to continue to serve and honor with us. Help us reach our goal of 10,000 service pledges to honor this 10th Anniversary of 9/11 and the legacy of the service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice in these wars.

On Sunday, IAVA members and supporters will unite on the ground in New York City and Chicago for the National Day of Service. But this weekend is just the beginning. We won't stop working to better the lives of veterans and their families who continue to sacrifice ten years later. And we hope you'll join us for more service projects in your local communities as we lead into an historic Veterans Day, 11/11/11.

Pledge to honor and pay tribute to all who have served since 9/11 and the families that have sacrificed beside them.

As a country, we must pledge to never forget the brothers and sisters we lost on 9/11 and the service of our veterans since that fateful day. Together, we can carry their legacy forward. And never forget. 

Thank you for standing with us.


Paul Rieckhoff
Founder and Executive Director
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

Sean P Eagan

Former Chairman American Cold War Veterans
Life Member Veterans of Foreign Wars
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