It was a day that brought unthinkable terror and sadness to the United States, but it was also a day that united an entire nation in compassion and patriotism.
In remembrance of the 12th anniversary of 9/11, the American Red Cross supported the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa.
This year, one local group, the Central Cambria Cross Country Team, played a vital role in the Red Cross efforts. Eleven team members assisted Red Cross volunteers and staff distributing water bottles and snacks to guests at the event, as well as alerting emergency personnel for those who were in need of medical attention. Additionally, the team assisted with post-event clean-up efforts.
“We are proud to be associated with this team of outstanding, hardworking young adults,” said Colleen Sherman, executive director of the local Red Cross. “It is wonderful to see this group of young people apply the sportsmanship they learn on the field, in service and remembrance of the heroes of Flight 93.”
The coach of the local cross country team, Randy Wilson, encourages the group to excel in the classroom, on the track and in the community.
“To be a part of this 9/11 memorial is really, really special to us,” said Randy Wilson, cross country coach at Central Cambria High School. “We stress the importance of being well-rounded students to the kids, so to do community service while honoring the flight victims is really amazing.”
Volunteers are the backbone of the Red Cross, making up more than 95 percent of the organization’s workforce. Every day, the Red Cross relies on young volunteers to raise awareness of the humanitarian organization’s powerful work in the community and to encourage the involvement of future generations.