Today marks the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In 2002, President George W. Bush proclaimed that every year on September 11, the nation should pause to remember the victims of the attacks, a day that would be known as Patriot Day.
In keeping with this call to remember, the residents and staff at GracePointe Crossing, located in Cambridge, Minnesota, meaningfully mark the day by recognizing the selfless work of all emergency responders and thanking them for their service. They’ve established a tradition of honoring the emergency workers from their community with a program and breakfast every year on September 11. Campus Administrator Brandi Barthel shared, “It is nice to have the opportunity to thank our first responders who do so much for us. It is also nice to see so many residents interacting and engaging with them.”
This years’ guest of honor was resident Tom Cameron, a retired state trooper with a 26 year long career serving Isanti County. Tom stood to address the group, thanking his fellow officers and responders for their service and hard work, sharing that he knows their work is much harder today than it was many years ago. All in attendance gave him a big round of applause for his service.
Community Relations Director Julie Tooker expressed gratitude for the faithful service of emergency responders to the GracePointe Crossing community. Their help is needed at times, on a moment’s notice and they arrive quickly and ready to help. “We are fortunate to live in a community where we can rely on each other and have working relationships with those who serve as first responders,” said Tooker.
We also remember the nearly 3,000 people who were killed on this day in 2001, their families, and all those impacted by the attacks. We think especially of the 412 emergency responders who lost their lives, as well as those who were injured, in an effort to save the lives of others. On behalf of Presbyterian Homes & Services, thank you to all emergency workers serving our communities and keeping us safe.