Local event marks ninth anniversary of 9/11

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – People who attended the First Responders Tribute at Ballard Park on Saturday had good things to say about the men and women who are sworn to protect and serve.
On the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Tupelo Tea Party gave tribute to service personnel. Tea Party organizer Grant Sowell said even though the event was a Tea Party event, the day was not about the Tea Party movement.
“This event is hosted by the Tupelo Tea Party, but it’s much bigger than the Tea Party,” said Sowell to the crowd of slightly more than 100 people.
Even though some familiar components of Tea Party events trickled in, the day was very much about the first responders for those who attended.
James and Mary Anne Coleman recently returned from Ground Zero, the site where the World Trade Center towers once stood. Both said they were moved by being at Ground Zero and it made them appreciate even more what first responders risk every day.
“It took some brave men and women to go in those buildings and try to rescue those people who where trapped,” said James Coleman. “They knew going in that it was dangerous but yet they still went in to do their jobs. I can’t say enough of how appreciative we are of our first responders. Their title says it all. They are usually our first line of defense, so we thank them.”
Tupelo Fire Department Fire Marshal Cathy Gault attended the event. Gault said being a first responder, 9/11 always sticks out in her mind, so to be honored and appreciated was a great feeling.
“It’s just a great feeling and honor to be honored by people for doing what we do,” said Gault. “These people took time out of their day to say thank you and as a first responder that just makes you feel good. Just to know that people do appreciate what you do.”
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