September 9, 2013
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Secretary of State Linda McCulloch Recognizes September 11th as National Day of Service and Remembrance; Joins Student Voter Registration Drive at Highlands College in Butte, MT
BUTTE, MT - Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch will join the students, faculty and staff of Highlands College to recognize the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance with a student voter registration drive and back-to-school luncheon on Wednesday, September 11th at 11:30 am in the Commons. The Butte-Silver Bow Clerk and Recorder's Office will be assisting the effort. Montana Tech Chancellor Dr. Don Blackketter will also speak at the event.
"9/11 was a tragic and defining moment for our country that should never be forgotten," said Dr. John M. Garic, Dean of Highlands College. "In remembrance of that time and those who served, we are committed to producing graduates who are active, involved citizens. It is indeed an honor to have Secretary of State McCulloch here to help us advance that goal through voter registration."
"Voting is powerful," Secretary McCulloch said. "Every ballot that is cast sheds light on this dark moment in our nation's history by honoring the freedoms and liberties we share as citizens of this great state. In registering and voting, we give thanks to all those who make Montana the best place to call home."
September 11 was designated The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance by the 2009 Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. Highlands College will join 250 colleges and universities across the nation which are part of the American Democracy Project to honor those lost to the terrible events of 9/11 and to sponsor educational and community-building events to commemorate this National Day of Service and Remembrance.
"Voting is one of the most cherished rights we Americans have," said Kori Doto-Dyer, President of the Highlands College Student Leadership Team. "One of the best ways we can honor those we lost on 9/11 as well as those who served both before and after is to make sure that our fellow students are registered to vote and then vigorously encourage them to exercise their precious right by actually voting."
A list of service activities can be found online at serve.mt.gov.