The Carthage CAN-DO Center, 404 E. Third St., Carthage, will host a ceremony honoring Carthage police officers and firefighters and Jasper County Sheriff's deputies on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the center in Carthage.
The Center will present the homemade cards the seniors made to these the officers and firefighters, and a short speech will be given remembering the 411 emergency workers who died in the attacks.
The New York City Fire Department lost 340 firefighters, a chaplain, and two paramedics; the New York City Police Department lost 23 officers, and the Port Authority lost 37 officers. Eight other emergency medical technicians and paramedics from private emergency units were also killed in the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil ever.
“None of us will forget where we were 12 years ago today as we watched in horror the attack on our nation in New York City, Washington D.C. and the brave American’s that went down in Shanksville, Pennsylvania,” the speech will say. “ So many people gave their last full measure in service to our country and its citizens on that day by what they call 'just doing their jobs' or because 'that’s what we are trained to do.' As thousands of people tried to flee the burning Twin Towers and the Pentagon, police, fire and Emergency workers were running into these buildings to try and help others. It’s is this dedication of service and sacrifice that we honor today the 12th anniversary of 9/11.”
Anyone can attend the 11 a.m. ceremony, but if you plan to stay for lunch with the seniors, please bring $7 for the meal.