Many gathered in faith to read scripture or pray at a gathering held at the Alcorn County Courthouse in a 12-hour vigil Monday.
As an act of service, and part of honoring those who died, there were also containers for people to donate toward flood relief efforts for victims of the recent catastrophic hurricanes.
One local business chose to remember 9/11 by honoring local law enforcement, fire fighters and 911 employees. Employees from both Corinth Cash Express offices brought handmade cards, signed by community members, as well as cakes and cupcakes as their way of saying “thank you” to the ones who put themselves into harm’s way to serve and protect their communities.
“It’s an honor to be part of this and be able to say ‘thank you’ to them,” said Corinth Cash Express employee Brittney Hughes.
Katie Nelson, also a Cash Express employee, said the goal was to honor all branches of emergency response on such a significant day.
Corinth Mayor Tommy Irwin was present at the Corinth Police Department when the ladies from Cash Express presented a card and a patriotically decorated cake.
“This is a special day for saying ‘thank you’ to the guys in blue and all law enforcement, EMS and firefighters. Where would we be if it wasn’t for their work in the City of Corinth and Alcorn County? They are special people,” said Irwin.
Cash Express employee Heather Holman said everyone should be appreciative of emergency responders and what they do.
“You never know, one day it might be you or your family in need of their help,” said Holman.
On Sept. 11, 2001, the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda carried out suicide attacks against predetermined targets. Nineteen members of this group hijacked four airplanes. Two of those planes were flown into both of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane was flown into the Pentagon, just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania, after a few passengers fought against the hijackers.
Nearly 3000 people were killed in the attacks, including the 19 terrorists on the hijacked planes. This total includes 343 New York City firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers and 37 Port Authority police officers who were attempting to evacuate the buildings.
A formal statement issued by Cash Express CEO, Garry McNabb said, “ ... there is one memory I want to hold on to, one that I want to cherish as the deepest and most lasting of Sept. 11, 2001. It is the memory of the heroism and selflessness demonstrated by law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians who went about their business that day without concern for their own safety and without consideration for the magnitude of what they were confronting ... if that doesn’t deserve our respect, nothing does.”