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New York, U.S.A. — MyGoodDeed, the prominent nonprofit which successfully advocated for the permanent establishment of the anniversary of 9/11 as a federally recognized day of charitable service and remembrance, (http://www.911day.org) has requested that the presidential campaigns of President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney agree to suspend all campaign advertising on September 11 this year.
In letters sent to both candidates on August 10, MyGoodDeed said, “We are making this request so that the families of those lost, and the nation as a whole, can dedicate 9/11 to remembering in prayer and honoring through service, the 9/11 victims, rescue and recovery workers, and the many individuals who rose to assist and defend our nation in response to the attacks.”
MyGoodDeed requested a similar moratorium on campaign advertising in 2008. Then Senators Barack Obama and John McCain each voluntarily complied with that request, and both later appeared together in a show of national unity on the evening of 9/11, attending a forum organized by ServiceNation addressing the importance of community and national service.
“We believe that the focus on 9/11 should be on honoring those lost and heroic, setting aside our political differences and coming together as Americans,” said Jay S. Winuk, co-founder of MyGoodDeed, whose brother, volunteer firefighter/EMT Glenn J. Winuk, died in the line of duty in the 9/11 attacks. “We hope and trust that our leaders will suspend their campaign activity briefly and join with the entire nation in paying tribute through expressions of unity, remembrance and service.”