A steady stream of firefighters, police officers and paramedics filed past the half-raised flag into the Greenwood VFW building, passing a simple message scrawled on a dry-erase board next to the door — “We will never forget!”
“You think 11 years down the road, it wouldn’t be as emotional. But it is. I still find myself thinking about it,” Greenwood police officer Cindy Carroll said.
As they have for the past decade, the Veterans of Foreign War post opened its doors to first responders and all other city employees to remember the events of Sept. 11. The meal served as a brief way to thank the public servants who work in the community, as well as a chance to gather to simply mark the tragic day.
No one gave a speech, nor was there any kind of flag ceremony. Rather, organizers and participants personally reflected on the meaning of the worst disaster in American history.