Can a Day Make a Difference? Canada Says YES

11 Sep Can a Day Make a Difference? Canada Says YES

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On the morning of September 11, 2001 our world changed. Two plans were intentionally flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington DC and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. The attacks killed nearly 3,000 people from 90 countries. 24 Canadians were killed.  One of those victims was Maureen Basnicki’s husband Ken.

Triumph Over Terrorism


With the support and encouragement from other Canadian 9/11 members, Maureen set out to reframe the day. Canada had no national memorial of official protocol to commemorate the events of the tragic loss of so many on September 11. It is a fitting legacy, for the loved ones lost and for all who have suffered personal trauma and illness as a result attacks, to turn the message of the day around.


Maureen envisioned the National Day of Service as a celebration of our values. After lobbying various political levels, the National Day of Service was officially declared on September 11, 2011 – the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.