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Monday, January 16 is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and national day of service, a time to re-commit ourselves to serving each other and our communities. On Monday, Americans across the country will honor Dr. King by helping their neighbors and communities.

Learn how you can get involved and find opportunities in your area.

Troops Come Home from Iraq

The last of American troops in Iraq are coming home over the next few days. Over the past nine years, hundreds of thousands of troops have been sent abroad to Iraq. As we mark the end of America’s involvement in the war in Iraq, President Obama has asked Americans to show our veterans and their families that they have the thanks of a grateful nation.

Joining Forces is a national initiative to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. You can find service opportunities, pledge service hours, or write a message of thanks or support to a military family.

Learn ways to get involved through the Joining Forces campaign.

Veterans Day honors all those who served their country. Each year there is a national ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and several regional ceremonies throughout the country. Find a ceremony near you.

Honoring the Victims of the September 11 Attacks

Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, DC, and Shanksville, PA. Please observe a moment of silence on September 11 at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to honor the victims.

The anniversary is a day to remember those we lost, and to stand with their families and loved ones. It’s a time to honor all victims of terrorism, including those who have been targeted by al Qaeda and other groups around the globe.

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, many Americans were compelled to serve their fellow citizens and communities. As a tribute to that spirit, this Sunday will be the third official National Day of Service and Remembrance. This year, more than 1 million Americans are expected to serve in their communities. Service projects range from food drives and home repairs to neighborhood cleanups and disaster preparation activities. You can find volunteer opportunities in your town at Serve.gov.

Learn more about commemorative services and what you can do to honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

Americans Devoted 8.1 Billion Hours to Volunteering in 2010

Research released by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service also shows that Generation X (born 1965-1981) served 110 million more hours than ever before, giving them a 2010 grand total of 2.3 billion volunteer hours.

The states with the highest volunteer rates were:

  1. Utah
  2. Iowa
  3. Minnesota
  4. Nebraska
  5. South Dakota

You can get involved by finding volunteer opportunities in your community, including for the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, at Serve.gov.

To find more statistics on American volunteering, visit volunteeringinamerica.gov.