HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - It was a day to pay it forward. About 100 Harrison County Sheriff's deputies, firefighters and military personnel attended the 9/11 Service and Remembrance Program and were treated with a breakfast by senior volunteers.
It was an event not about reliving bad memories, but about creating good ones. The program was sponsored by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and Senior Companion Program at the Good Deeds Community Center in Gulfport.
The organizations, part of the Harrison County Senior Corps, have been honoring first responders on Sept. 11, for four years. It's a simple gesture, but the feeling goes deeper.
Every year, it is a special time of remembering and rejoicing friendships.
"We work with seniors, and so many times our seniors tell us of the wonderful services they get from these first responders. This is our time to thank them," said Magdelena Holland, Director of the Harrison County RSVP.
To serve as a reminder on this solemn day, a flag with all the names of the 9/11 victims was displayed. It was also special for Harrison County Chief Deputy Landi Phillips.
"The significance is so very important," Phillips said. "To honor those who perished in 9/11. There's just nothing more important as a patriot in something like that, so it's a very big deal to us in the law enforcement community. EMS as a whole is a family. So, when a brother perishes in something like this, we all feel it deeply."
If you'd like more information on the Harrison County RSVP, call 228-896-0412, or call SCP at 228-896-2241.