Remembering 9/11

SYLACAUGA -- Southern States Bank, Chick-fil-A and the Chamber of Commerce are honoring first responders and the military Sept. 11.

Chick-fil-A is calling its event “Night of Heroes.” It will start at 4:30 p.m. at the restaurant at 75 Marble City Square Blvd. off U.S. 280.

First responders from the police and fire departments and sheriff’s office will be present for a meet-and-greet with customers. Emergency vehicles will be present for the children to check out, and there will be a coloring station where the youngsters can color in their favorite emergency vehicles. Southern States Bank and the Chamber of Commerce are hosting a first responders and military appreciation and coffee the same day. The event is set for 9 a.m.

Marty Garrett, an employee with the bank, said the event is held each year on the anniversary of Sept. 11. Tuesday will mark the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorists attacks on the United States.

In the moments following the attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people, first responders rushed into the Pentagon, the World Trade Center and to a field in Pennsylvania to assist and save the lives of those in harm’s way.

Firefighters, port authority, police officers and paramedics all sacrificed their lives attempting to help others. According to information compiled following the events, 405 first responders gave their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks on that September day.

It was with those events in mind that the bank started the first responders and military appreciation coffee.

Customer Appreciation Day will be all day long for Southern States Bank customers.

The coffee and appreciation celebration will be at the bank on West Fort Williams Street.