Here at COAST Products and across the country, people are feeling mixed emotions about the 11-year anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. That planes should strike the World Trade Center and the Pentagon seemed unthinkable then, and many people are still struggling to understand what the attacks meant and whether the subsequent war in Afghanistan has been justified. One thing is not up for debate, however: the heroism and sacrifice of the 9/11 emergency responders.
Communities across the country are honoring the firefighters, police and other remarkable individuals who ran toward the smoldering towers when everyone else was running away. Here are two examples of some of the memorial ceremonies that have taken place to honor 9/11 emergency responders: