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On a country-wide day of memorial, many of us come up short in our service obligation. The siren song of football kicking off at noon and the opportunity to sleep off a hangover sometimes dissuade us from giving back to our communities’ first responders and servicemen and women.
Alpha Sigma Phi at the University of Kentucky put football aside on the national day of service to clean up the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery.
From Lex 18:
Upon arrival, the group was briefed on their assignments for the day and provided instructions on how to accomplish them.
At 9 a.m., 50 members of the fraternity were split into teams and began their tasks.
Some jobs included scrubbing headstones, washing windows, and performing repairs around the site.
According to the brothers, the site, like many other older cemeteries, had fallen into disrepair.
[W]hen they arrived, they said the site was not in the best shape. The fraternity says their goal was to leave the cemetery better than they found it.
John Nowak, a Service Director for the fraternity, says their work does not compare to what service members do on a daily basis.
“We are thankful that we got the opportunity to serve and honor those who serve us every day, especially on such a historic day,” said Nowak.
Few of us will admit to joining fraternities for their implied service aspect, but any chance to give back in the capacity the boys of Alpha Sigma Phi did makes the service seems worthwhile. Most of us were in elementary school in 2001 and the tragedy of September 11th is still an emotional day, even fifteen years later. We’re indebted to our veterans, police, firefighters, and EMTs for granting us the freedom to wake up at 11:30 with a headache and watch football on these autumn Sundays.
The worst thing that can happen to the sacred date of September 11th is growing indifference. Thank you, Alpha Sigma Phi, for donating your time and efforts to give back to our vets of yesteryear and keeping 9/11 as a day of service..
[via Lex 18]
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