Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Mayor Ness hosted Duluth's first ever Mayor's Day of Recognition for National Service...thanking local volunteers for their contributions to the community. Mayors from across the country are promoting national service and volunteerism as a way to cut costs at a time of fiscal limitation. There are nearly 300 National Service members who serve in Duluth...among those are members from Minnesota Green Corps, Senior Companions through Lutheran Social Service, and YMCA's North Ameri–Corps. Ness says these local programs are appreciated but are also on the chopping block due to budget issues on a federal level. "It's a thank you to those that are giving their service as well as to say the leaders of our country need to recognize the value and the importance of service in the United States and help support these programs," Mayor Don Ness said. Duluth recently joined the National Service organization and is being included in more national movements and the promotion of service and volunteerism. The mayor hopes the Day of Recognition for National Service will become an annual event.