Tuesday, November 1, 2011

An Event In Honor of Veterans Day

Join us for a free screening of

New York Says Thank You

In honor of Veterans Day and all those who serve locally

The Volunteer Center of Johnson County, Washington County Veterans Affairs, and the Washington Chamber of Commerce will host a free screening of New York Says Thank You – a powerful documentary about how people commemorate 9/11 each year through service to those affected by disaster – on Sunday, November 13th at 2 pm at the Washington Public Library, 115 West Washington St. Doors will open at 1:30 pm.

This event will honor local veterans, firefighters, police officers, first responders and public officials as well as celebrate the daily acts of volunteerism in our community. Brief remarks will be made by Mrs. Iowa, Elaine Reinholz, a Desert Storm veteran and member of the 872nd Maintenance Company, who dedicates her reign to support troops and vets, and her husband, Joe Reinholz, an Iraq vet, retired with 22 years active duty in the Army and a 9/11 First Responder.

Additionally, community members are invited to participate in a the Iowa Troop Pantry “Letters from Home” service project to support Iowan troops the week of November 7th. Elaine knows the value of receiving a card from someone who cares: “When I was deployed for Desert Storm in 1991 I received a handmade card from a young school girl from Washington. I have kept it all these years in perfect condition. It was a huge reminder to me that I was missed and loved by my community. It is one of the driving forces behind what I am doing as Mrs. Iowa.”

For more information on how you can take part, please see below.

More About the Film

Click the image to view the official trailer.

Ten years ago, on September 11, New Yorkers witnessed their fellow Americans' potential for inspiration, generosity and sacrifice as aid from across the nation flowed into the city. Volunteers from cities and small towns all across America showed an outpouring of support and love for a city that was emotionally and physically ravaged by the terrorist attacks of September 11th.

Each year on the 9/11 Anniversary, The New York Says Thank You Foundation sends hundreds of volunteers—firefighters, police officers and others from New York, along with disaster survivors from around the country—to help rebuild communities recovering from disaster. It's their way of saying "Thank You" for all the love and support Americans from across the country extended to New Yorkers in the days, weeks and months following September 11, 2001.

New York Says Thank You follows the participants of this public service initiative as they commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 each year by rebuilding homes, hospitals, schools, churches and even a 4-H barn and a home for disabled vets that were destroyed by disaster. In 2009, participants came to Little Sioux, Iowa to help rebuild the camp and erect a chapel where four Boy Scouts were killed by a tornado the previous year. In the process of rebuilding, they share stories of survival and hope, and bring a message of gratitude and solidarity to survivors of tragedy nationwide.

To attend the screening, please RSVP to Cassie at ccreasy@unitedwayjc.org or call the Volunteer Center at 319-337-8657. If you are a veteran, firefighter, police officer or public official, please let us know in your RSVP so we can give you proper recognition at the event!

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