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Since taking office four years ago, President Obama has asked Americans to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by taking part in the National Day of Service. Every year since then President Obama and First Lady ask Americans to roll up their sleeves and volunteer in their communities.
This year, I traveled to New York to join New York State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, Clean Ocean Action, and more than 250 volunteers to help clean up man made and natural debris left by Hurricane Sandy on Jones Beach, Long Island.
As a native New Yorker, cleaning up Jones Beach was personal to me. I spent many summer days on the beach as a kid and even got to see James Taylor perform. Cleaning up the beach was exactly where I needed to be on Saturday. It was great to see so many people committed to serve and help with the ongoing clean-up.
The National Day of Service wasn’t just about removing debris from the beach on Saturday but about making a commitment to serve every day in a variety of ways.