MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Wednesday, Mid-Southerners paused and honored the nation’s heroes on the 18th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Many did that by also giving back to the community.
The Memphis National Cemetery held a volunteer day to remember our nation’s heroes. Several volunteers, including some veterans, helped clean the headstones of lost service members and veterans at the cemetery.
All of the volunteers remembered where they were when the planes hit the twin towers in New York, and said that memory propels them to serve those who lost their lives, including those who died protecting our freedom.
“And they served for my freedom, because they gave all. Some gave all. And some were able to come home, and some was not,” said Mildred Murphy, the wife of a veteran. “He was able to come home after a 30-year service in the Navy. I come to serve today because I’ll continue to do what he did, following in his footsteps because he provided freedom for me.”
The service at the cemetery was part of a National Volunteer Day at memorial cemeteries across the U.S.
In Southaven, a luncheon was held to show appreciation for first responders from across Desoto County and north Mississippi. The lunch was catered by Memphis Barbecue Company and hosted by Landers Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.
Organizers say this is just a small way to show appreciation to those who risk their lives daily.
“18 years ago, our country suffered a huge tragedy, and I don’t think we can do enough for the people who responded to that and also who respond to all crises that happen all over America every day,” said Kent Ritchey, President of Landers Auto Group.
The flag at the dealership was lowered to half-mast Wednesday. Organizers say that was a way for them to show their sorrow over that day, and way to think about how to prevent another attack like that from happening again in the future.