Tuesday, September 11, 2018, marks the 17th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the U.S. Pentagon. In the years that followed 9/11, America has continued to grow and prosper fearlessly, showing our unshaken spirit. One of the most visible ways to experience the true spirit of America is to pay attention to the ways we have continued to honor the victims of the attacks. From the lowering to half-staff of the U.S. flag on 9/11, to city and town memorials honoring first responders, public displays of remembrance and respect continue to foster a sense of community and togetherness for all Americans.
There are so many ways to honor and remember the victims of 9/11. Most notably is to visit the 9/11 memorial and museum in New York City, NY, or to travel to Shanksville, PA or Washington, D.C. to pay your respects at one of the national 9/11 memorial sites. Another way to honor the fallen victims of 9/11 is by participating in a day of service, or in one of the many events taking place across American communities, large and small.
Carrot-Top and the Run for the Fallen
At Carrot-Top, we fully believe in the collective strength of individuals and small communities across our great nation. On this 17th Anniversary of 9/11, we opted to support one such community—the town of Kroenwetter, WI, who was hosting their annual Run for The Fallen on September 8, 2018. During this event, members of the public, fire service, and law enforcement communities were invited to join the Kroenwetter Fire Department in a 9/11 remembrance run, which included a 1-mile kid’s fun run, a 10k, a 5k, and a 1-mile firefighter challenge. The Run for the Fallen is a way for members of the community to come together and engage in a healthy outlet to remember the fallen and show their appreciation to those who continue to serve our communities today. Proceeds from the cost of registration were donated to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation as well as to the local Kroenwetter Fire department. It was our honor to donate the 403 flags used in the memorial flag garden. The flags represented the fallen heroes of 9/11—343 fallen NYFD firefighters, 23 fallen NYPD officers and 37 fallen PAPD officers.
As a company dedicated to supporting patriotic causes, we would love to be able to support every single community in America honoring the fallen first responders and the fallen heroes of 9/11. We have been following our customers’ memorial stories as well as stories coming out of towns, large and small, that have been featured online and on social media. Here are a few of our favorites.
- Richmond, VA – 8th Annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. First responders and others climbed 110 floors to represent the floors climbed by first responders in the World Trade Center on that day. Each participant was given a badge of a first responder who died on 9/11 to carry with them in the climb.
- Veterans and Athletes United is an all-volunteer veteran’s organization dedicated to empowering wounded, injured and ill veterans. They recently completed their traveling memorial, a 6’ x 28’ U.S. flag designed from the 6490+ dog tags of all of those who have fallen in the War on Terror.
- The Tower of Voices, a 93-foot musical instrument holding forty wind chimes representing the forty passengers and crew members of United Flight 93 was dedicated on September 9, 2018. It is the only structure of its kind in the entire world.
- The Village of Islandia in Suffolk County, NY recently purchased flags from Carrot-Top Industries to display at their new First Responders Recreational Ball Field. They held a ceremony to unveil and dedicate the memorial honoring local responders who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
Have a 9/11 or first responders memorial story to share? Comment below and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to share your stories with us. We will always honor and remember those who lost their lives and the heroes who risked their lives—the police officers, firefighters, EMS personnel—on that tragic day.