On 9-11, serve and remember

We should never need to be reminded of our law officers’ and first responders’ heroism.

But with the slaying of Houston deputy Darren Goforth fresh on our minds, today we remember the police, firefighters, paramedics and emergency workers dead or still dying from the effects of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack.

More than 300 New York firefighters and 60 police officers died that day. Others have died from respiratory diseases and cancers common among survivors of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon.

Sept. 11 is officially remembered not only as Patriot Day but also as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. If possible, give blood, collect food for families in need or pitch in to honor local first responders.

For a poignant remembrance of the pain and anguish in New York, the award-winning ESPN documentary series 30 for 30 will premiere First Pitch, the story of President George W. Bush’s emotional bullhorn speech at the Trade Center site Sept. 14 and his subsequent appearance at Yankee Stadium to throw out the first pitch in the World Series.

Other events include the opening of the Flight 93 visitor center in Shanksville, Pa., where 40 passengers and crew members took over an airliner to prevent terrorists from crashing it into the U.S. Capitol, the third intended target that day.

Wherever you are, stop and remember.