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9/11 Editorial: Thank firefighters, police and first responders today

September 11th, 2011 1:49 am by Staff Report

How should we observe this 10th anniversary of 9/11? There will be many memorial services around the country today to mark the occasion. Remembering the victims who died in New York, in Washington and in a field in western Pennsylvania is certainly proper.

This date has officially been dubbed Patriot Day, which means we will also be honoring men and women in the military who have fought and who have died since 9/11. Flags are to be flown at half-staff and a moment of silence will be observed today.

Along with prayers and memorial services, there are other ways to actively mark this day. One good way is to donate blood. Marsh Regional Blood Center will hold a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, 300 N. Roan St.

We have a few other suggestions for how to observe this 9/11. One is to walk up to a veteran you know and thank him or her for their service to this nation.

Another would be to shake the hand of a firefighter. It doesn’t matter if he is a fulltime firefighter or a volunteer who comes at the sound of a siren, it is appropriate on this day to thank him for his service to our community.

Likewise, you can thank a police officer for what his service means to our community. Or you can shake the hand of an emergency medical service worker or any of the many first responders who are there when we need them most.

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