Honoring veterans, those lost on 9/11

Posted: September 12, 2012

THE ANTI-POVERTY service organization Global Citizen is set to announce a new initiative Tuesday - timed for the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks - that aims to support veterans returning from active duty.

The program, Mission365, intends to connect veterans with employment and volunteering opportunities and will provide resources like job training and "digital-inclusion opportunities," said Todd Bernstein, president of Global Citizen.

"There is a concern about unemployment and the transition that veterans are making back into civilian life," Bernstein said.

Mayor Nutter will be on hand for the announcement, scheduled for 2 p.m. in the mayor's reception room at City Hall. Members of veterans groups will be present to explain available services and volunteer opportunities.

Several other 9/11 memorial events are also scheduled:

* The Schuylkill River Development Corp. and Nutter are due to unveil and dedicate the 9/11 Memorial on Schuylkill Banks at 1 p.m. The memorial, south of the Chestnut Street Bridge on the Schuylkill River Trail, holds a fallen piece of the World Trade Center and honors victims of 9/11, including three Philadelphians.

* The Memorial Walk to Honor the Victims of 9/11 starts at the Fireman's Hall Museum, 147 N. 2nd St., and leads to the Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St. Beginning when the first World Trace Center tower fell, at 9:59 a.m., the procession remembers the civilians, fire-service workers and emergency responders lost in the attacks. The Philadelphia Flag Day Association will explain reasons behind the 13 folds and triangular shape of the folded American flag and the fire-bell sounding to signify the "return to quarters."

* Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers invites all Philadelphians to gather at their nearest firehouse at 9:45 a.m. to participate in the 9:59 a.m. moment of silence.

* The National Alliance of Women Veterans will host a dialogue about returning military members and their families, community service and the impact first-responders and the military have on communities. It starts at noon at the chamber of commerce's office, 200 S. Broad St., seventh floor.

Contact Sara Khan at khans@phillynews.com.

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