The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of the Midlands hosted a Day of Service and Remembrance event September 7 at Greenview Park in the City of Columbia. The event was part of the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance to commemorate the events of September 11 and honor local first responders. Speakers included Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins, Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook, and Senior Resources Executive Director Pam Dukes. They spoke of unity, patriotism, courage and compassion.
In addition, RSVP of the Midlands saluted the first responders with bags of donated fruit and thank you notes written by RSVP volunteers. Dukes read a proclamation that paid tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11 and honored the ongoing heroic efforts of our local first responders.
“Participating in service and remembrance activities on September 11 is a positive and respectful way to remember the lives of those lost, pay tribute to those who rose in service, and honor those who continue to serve our country today, including first responders,” Dukes said.
The September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of efforts originally launched in 2002 to establish a tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.
The Retired Senior & Volunteer Program (RSVP) of the Midlands matches volunteers ages 55 and older with local agencies in need of assistance. The program is funded by the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) through Senior Corps and is sponsored locally by Senior Resources, Inc.