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Volunteers step up for 9/11 remembrance

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Two days after September 11th, nearly 500 volunteers flooded Spokane to do community projects Saturday in honor of the victims of one of the darkest days in America's history. 

"It's important for us to help other people, and that's why i'm here," said John Leppert who is just one of many at one of a dozen sites in Spokane on behalf of various churches and the Spokane Neighborhood Action Program. 

The volunteer efforts are a part of a nationwide cause called the National Day of Service. It was enacted by President Barack Obama in 2009, and since then SNAP, a non-profit organization that provides resources for low-income families, has participated. 

"The President declared 9/11 or days around 9/11 to be a day for communities to give back and be involved in community service projects," said SNAP spokesman, Craig Howard. 

Saturday volunteers were doing a number of landscaping projects at various churches and SNAP locations; laying down sod, clearing brush, and sprucing up areas in a number of neighborhoods. 

"Doing this is amazing, it's really something that I'm able to teach my children," Amanda Pope said. 

Pope's children were born after 9/11, and while she says helping the community is a great lesson, she wants to make sure her kids know why it was an important lesson to be learned. 

"On the car ride here, we explained the whole thing and reiterated why it's important to the community that we serve, because of 9/11 and the impact that it has had." 

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