Jay S. Winuk of Mahopac was the featured speaker at the Town of Ramapo’s Annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, which took take place Monday at 7 at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza at Ramapo Town Hall.
Winuk is a nationally recognized inspirational speaker and award-winning public relations executive whose journey to overcome great personal tragedy, the death of his brother Glenn on September 11, 2001, has resulted in millions of acts of kindness throughout the world for people and communities in need.
As a primary force behind the establishment of 9/11 Day as federally designated “National Day of Service and Remembrance,” Winuk is one of the nation’s leading voices for volunteerism and charitable service. His work, commentary and personal story have been featured in major news media reports, documentaries and books throughout the nation and world.
Last year, more than 30 million people participated in the 9/11 National Day of Service. Information about this year’s Day of Service can be found at: www:911day.org
9/11 Day of Service was originally created in memory of Winuk’s younger brother, Glenn, a partner at the prominent national law firm Holland & Knight LLP. Glenn Winuk was a firefighter and EMT, specially trained and certified in building collapse rescue operations, working out of the Jericho Volunteer Fire Department on Long Island.
When the World Trade Center was attacked, Glenn helped to evacuate his law offices, then raced into the WTC’s South Tower to participate in the rescue efforts. Glenn died in the line of duty along with many others when that building collapsed.
His partial remains were found in March 2002, a borrowed first response medical kit by his side. In 2002, the nonprofit group One Day’s Pay in honor of Glenn and all those who perished was established, the organization was later renamed MyGoodDeed.
9/11 Day was founded and is led each year by MyGoodDeed, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, tax exempt organization. MyGoodDeed also lead the successful effort to secure the formal designation of September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, which was supported on a bipartisan basis by former President George W. Bush, formally authorized in 2009 under federal law approved by Congress, and established officially by President Barack Obama under Presidential Proclamation on September 11, 2009.