The White House wants the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to be a day of service as well as remembrance.
“I hope each of us finds a way to serve our fellow citizens,” President Obama said at a news conference. “Not only to reaffirm our deepest value as Americans, but to rekindle that spirit of unity and common purpose that we felt in the days that followed that September morning.”
The president and first lady Michelle Obama will attend ceremonies at the sites of two of the 9/11 attacks. Obama will be at the Pentagon, while Mrs. Obama will be at the field in Pennsylvania where one of the hijacked planes was crashed.