A standing army of veterans and active duty service members belonging to 52 platoons of the nonprofit The Mission Continues is honoring the memory of those who died during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in a week long effort.
Called "United in Service", the event organizes volunteer projects in 26 cities in the United States, and is led by service platoons of 50 to 100 veterans and active duty service members who signed up with The Mission Continues. These same people contribute to ongoing regional volunteer projects throughout the country.
While there are service projects organized by these platoons all year round, "United in Service" began the first week of the month, and runs through Sunday.
The projects vary in size and scope, and cover everything from building houses for the homeless to landscaping in national parks. In larger cities like Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, The Mission Continues has multiple platoons coming together to work on large projects. On Saturday, four groups deployed to Ellis Island on Saturday, teaming up to remove debris left behind by Hurricane Sandy.
Highlighting some major service missions, Northeast executive director of The Mission Continues, Aaron Scheinberg told CNBC that service platoons operate in areas of "very high need."
It serves an additional purpose of bringing attention to veterans who continue to serve the country in positive ways, he explained.
"Veterans, we're more than just suicide statistics, and we're more than those who are struggling. You can have a challenging integration, but also, as many of our military members have for our entire nation's history, participate and lead as a community leader," Scheinberg said.