Posted by Claudia Sandell-Gándara on October 16, 2018 in Blog

On Saturday, October 6th, a group of about twenty AAI staff and community members teamed up to participate in the annual September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. Each year, AAI participates alongside groups across the country in commemorating the victims of the tragic terrorist attacks and the courage of first responders. We remember those lost, showing unity in a shared effort to make a difference in any small way we can.

While the service day was initially scheduled for September 8th, rainstorms here in DC postponed the event and we were forced to reschedule. We gardened with the National Park Service in President’s Park, which encompasses the grounds of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, the White House, and the Treasury Building. Members of the National Park Service lent tools, guidance, and a helping hand. Together, we helped weed and renew seven garden beds in preparation for the planting of fall bulbs.

We would like to specifically thank Natalie Jamison, Eric Petty, and Matthew Curtis of the National Park Service for coordinating the day’s activities and for providing much appreciated assistance!

Claudia Sandell-Gándara is a Fall 2018 Intern at the Arab American Institute.

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