MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – On the morning of the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, local first responders and military were honored in Memphis.
For the second year, Volunteer Memphis held a 9/11 Day of Service
Inside city hall, Memphis police and fire, Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, paramedics, and military representatives gathered to be recognized with plaques for their everyday bravery. The honors were followed by a breakfast.
“You want to know that what you do matters, and you really want to know that people care. We try and act tough sometimes but deep in our hearts we really want to know that we’re making a difference in our community,” Memphis Fire Director Gina Sweat said.
Later that afternoon, volunteers with Volunteer Memphis delivered lunches to 1,500 area first responders at their stations. They also sent volunteers to eight military parks to clean them up.
“As one of the National Days of Service, it’s a great opportunity to bring our community together, and one way of doing that is actually serving our first responders,” said Volunteer Memphis Director Andrea Hill.
During the morning ceremony, two moments of silence were held for the moments the first two planes struck the Twin Towers.
“It’s emotional for all of us. What we do is dangerous and sometimes we all need to be reminded just what we signed up for,” Sweat said.