A remembrance of when America was attacked was also recognized as a day to honor those who protect it.
In honor of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, as well as honoring all emergency first responders across the nation, 96 people attended the event at the C.A.N. D.O. Senior Center on Wednesday. On the local level, citizens were able to honor Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan, Fire Chief Chris Thompson and Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser.
Stan Heater, the director of Region 10 with the Area Agency on Aging, welcomed the crowd with the center’s director Opal Frownfelter.
“We’re not just here to remember those who perished on that day, but to honor those who first responded on that day and every day to protect us,” Heater said. “I hope we never forget, and honor these gentlemen here and their departments for what they do to keep us safe.”
Some handmade appreciation cards were given to the guests that serve and protect the Carthage area, and June Griffith and Sharon Blankenship sang some songs with Barb Borland on the piano.
“I think I speak for all of us by saying we feel honored by this,” said Sheriff Randee Kaiser. “In a time when our country is remembering the sacrifices our first responders make everyday – it’s an honor to be a part of that.”