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Remembering 9/11

on September 11, 2013

It’s hard to imagine that it’s already been 12 years since that terrible day.  I still remember where I was, what I was doing and even what I was wearing.  I walked into work, about 5 minutes late.  My boss called me over to his desk.  Thinking I was about to get reprimanded for being late, I tentatively walked over there.  He pointed to the radio we always kept on in the office.  He asked if I had heard.  I had not.  I listened.  A few moments later, we heard the second tower had been hit.  A little later, we heard about the Pentagon and Pennsylvania.  I knew we were under attack, but who?  Why?  We didn’t have access to a TV, only the radio.  All I wanted to do was get to a TV to soak in everything I could learn.  That was the longest working day of my life.

Earlier this week, my friend Jennie, who moved to Ohio last year shared that every year on 9/11 she would take cookies or other treats to the fire station in downtown Memphis as a thank you.  Since she is not here to do that this year, she asked that her friends remember their local fire fighters and police officers and take something to thank them for their service.  I work right across the street from a fire station here in Memphis, so I decided I would do just that.  I got a card, and had everyone in the office sign it, and I baked chocolate chip cookies for them. 

Fresh baked cookies for fire fighters

Fresh baked cookies for fire fighters

I put the cookies on a patriotic plate to deliver to the fire fighters.

I put the cookies on a patriotic plate to deliver to the fire fighters.

A coworker and I delivered them and they were so appreciative! 

A coworker and I delivered the cookies.

A coworker and I delivered the cookies.

Those guys were soooooo much fun, too!  They were cracking jokes, and were just full of energy.

The lawn to the fire station was decorated, too.  They had the FDNY letters on the lawn in stars and stripes. 

The FDNY letters covered the lawn of the fire station right across the street from where I work.

The FDNY letters covered the lawn of the fire station right across the street from where I work.

The flag was flying at half-staff. 

The flag flying at half-staff on 9/11

The flag flying at half-staff on 9/11

They had flags in the ground representing the fire fighters and police officers who lost their lives in the tragedy.  They also had a poster with all of their photos.

Poster remembering the fire fighters and police officers who lost their lives on 9/11/01

Poster remembering the fire fighters and police officers who lost their lives on 9/11/01

I’m so glad I did this!  I was hoping to make their day but they ended up making mine!  Thanks for the great idea, Jennie!

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3 responses to “Remembering 9/11

  1. What a kind gesture and a great way to thank those who protect and serve us!
    Karen @karenlovestorun

  2. This was awesome – and I love how they had the firehouse all decorated!!!

    Oh, and I wanted let you know that I nominated you ladies for The Liebster Award! Head over to my blog (www.thesmithsummary.com) to read all about it and “accept” it if you’re interested 🙂

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