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Monday, September 5, 2011

pop-we Challenges Readers to Join the 9/11 Tribute Movement

On September 11, 2001, most U.S. citizens remember where they were the moment they heard about the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. I was in my buddy Tim Fitzgerald’s office at work when we both heard on the radio that a plane had hit one of the towers. We initially thought it was just a single engine plane accident -- not a commuter airplane. Soon we both like everyone else throughout the world would realize the travesty that was playing out before our eyes. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks population-we™ will team up with My Good Deed. I [we] will join the 9/11 tribute movement and show our support by blogging about it.

I think those acts changed our nation. Two Americans, David Paine and Jay Winuk, embraced this wave of change and worked towards finding a long-term way to pay tribute to 9/11 victims and survivors. Winuk took the loss of his brother, Glenn Winuk, a volunteer EMT (emergency medical technician) in the attack and turned it into an entrepreneur venture. Today Paine is president and Winuk is vice president of My Good Deed. Through their nonprofit both were responsible for the legislation that officially made September 11 a national day of service and remembrance.

Explaining how their nonprofit came to fruition Winuk, co-founder and vice president of My Good Deed, said, “My friend David Paine called me with an idea soon after the carnage. Let's make 9/11 a national day of service. Let's turn the tables, and make 9/11 about acts of kindness and charity and volunteerism in tribute to those who were killed. It sounded just right to me, and to each and every 9/11 family member we canvassed about it."

Following the example of Paine and Winuk, we are putting a call-to-action out to our population-we™ readers throughout the world to do a good deed, charitable activity or other plans, to honor the 9/11 victims, survivors and those who rose in service in response to the attacks.

Join population-we™ on the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. Remember by doing one of the following:
  • Post a tribute at;
  • Donate your time; or
  • Support a cause.
“Last year, people from all 50 states and 165 nations and territories visited our website, their charitable actions a great and productive tribute, indeed, to the almost 3,000 souls from 93 nations who perished on 9/11,” Winuk said.

Be heroic and join population-we™ and My Good Deed this September 11. Find something to do right in your own neighborhood wherever you might be in the world by visiting, or To make a difference this 10th anniversary, utter or live these words: “I [we] will join the 9/11 tribute movement.”
- population-we blog post by Becky Bohan Brown
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  1. I think a lot of healing take place as people do good in remembrance of 9/11 as David Payne and Jay Winuk's organization encourages people to do. Patriot's Day is a not only a day of remembrance but also a day of reaching out.