"We remember those we lost"...
Washington, DC -Donning a black baseball cap and apron, President Barack Obama on Wednesday visited Food & Friends to mark the National Day of Service and Remembrance, designated by Congress to honor the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks.
Arriving after an emotional address at the Pentagon to mark America's darkest day, President Obama joined about a dozen volunteers at the Northeast headquarters of the organization that provides healthy meals to people with serious illnesses, including HIV/AIDS and cancer.
"Every 9/11, obviously,we remember those we lost," President Obama said as he paused while filling brown-paper bags with an assortment of bananas, oranges, apples, sandwiches, fruit cups, and Sun Chips.
"We also remember the incredible outpouring of neighbors helping neighbors," President Obama said. "I want to make sure we encourage everyone out there to volunteer in their
Working outside the kitchen in an "expediting area," the President helped pack meals for about 500 people that will be delivered on Friday, according to Food & Friends spokesman Christopher J. Copley.
President Obama's "service on this day will long be remembered and is a remarkable milestone during our 25th anniversary," Copley said.
"Food & Friends, founded in 1988, is the only organization in the Washington, DC area providing specialized and freshly-prepared meals,nutrition counseling and friendship to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses," the White House said.
On Wednesday morning, the President was joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, the White House staff for a minute of silence on the the South Lawn at 8:46 AM, the time the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center twelve years ago.
After, the President traveled to the Pentagon to greet families, and deliver remarks.
*Top photos by AP/pool; third by Pete Souza/White House. White House video.