MEMPHIS, Tenn., September 18, 2019 – More than 200 individuals and organizations joined with Volunteer Memphis to honor and recognize more than 1,600 area Police Officers, Firefighters, Emergency Medical Teams, and Military on the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. The day of service included a county-wide recognition event followed by large-scale service projects across the region.
“We are so honored by the outpouring of support from the entire Mid-South community to honor our first responders,” said Andrea Hill, Director of Volunteer Memphis. “This year’s Day of Service and Remembrance truly reflected the depth of our community’s compassion with so many people and organizations stepping up to participate.”
Meals, donated by 19 restaurants and caterers, were served to more than 1,600 first responders and military personnel at 29 different locations throughout Shelby County. Volunteers also cleaned up eight different military parks throughout the city.
The following organizations were involved in the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance:
- Leadership Memphis
- Indian Community for Greater Memphis
- Southern College of Optometry
- Memphis City Council
- Shelby County Commission
- Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Memphis
- AmeriCorps State and AmeriCorps VISTA program
- City of Memphis Fire Department and Police Department
- City of Memphis Military ERG
- City of Memphis Parks & Recreation Division
- Memphis 901 FC
- Memphis City Beautiful
- Memphis Redbirds
- Memphis Restaurant Association
- Memphis VA Medical Center, Clay Hunt Department
- Regional One Health
- Shelby County Fire Department
- Shelby County Parks and Grounds Maintenance Department
- Shelby County Sheriff Office
- St. Luke Lutheran Church
- Temple Israel
- Tennessee Valley Authority
- Volunteer Memphis Corporate Volunteer Council & Steering Council
- West Tennessee Urban Forestry Council
Thank you to the following participating restaurants and caterers for their contributions to this year’s 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance:
- Central BBQ
- Charlie Vergos Rendezvous
- Chick-Fil-A Mid-South
- EST 1933
- Finishing Touch Catering
- Global Café Memphis
- Hog Wild & Moveable Feast
- Huey’s Midtown
- Los Comales Mexican Restaurant
- Memphis Pizza Cafe
- Musical Chef Cuisine & Catering, LLC.
- Owen Brennan’s
- Patrick’s Neighborhood Bar and Patio
- Pimentos Kitchen + Market
- Regina’s Cajun Kitchen
- Simply Fabulous
- Symbolic Manna Catering
- The Peabody Memphis
- Tops BBQ
In 2009 according to the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS), Congress designated September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance under bipartisan federal law and charged the CNCS with helping to support this effort across the country. Since September 11, 2001, millions of Americans have come together through volunteer service with a common purpose to honor first responders and those that fell victim to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and commemorate their bravery and heroism as well as the tragic loss of life.
Presentation of awards for area Sheriff, Police, and Fire Departments at 9/11 Day of Service recognition event at City Hall. Left to right are Sheriff Bonner (Shelby County Government), Andrea Hill (Volunteer Memphis Director), Patrice Robinson (City Council/Leadership Memphis Board Member), David Bradford (Shelby County Commissioner), Gina Sweat (Director, City of Memphis Fire Department), Ernie Mellor (Owner and Pitmaster for Hog Wild & Moveable Feast Catering Company and Memphis Restaurant Association President), James Ryall (Deputy Director, Memphis Police Department)
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland addresses those gathered for 9/11 Day of Service recognition event at City Hall.
Andrea Hill, Director of Volunteer Memphis, address the group at 9/11 Day of Service recognition event at City Hall.
Chief Major McNeil performs the ceremonial bell ringing for a moment of silence at 9/11 Day of Service recognition event at City Hall.
Raines Police Station first responders honored on 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance
Memphis Firefighters honored on 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance
Memphis Firefighters enjoyed donated meals on 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance
First responders enjoy donated meals from the Memphis Redbirds on 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance
Memphis Redbirds support first responders with meal donations on 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance
Memphis City Beautiful and the Coast Guard area clean up on 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance
About Volunteer Memphis:
Volunteer Memphis builds capacity for effective volunteering and connecting people with opportunities to serve throughout Memphis and Shelby County. The organization helps individuals, families, corporate teams and community groups strengthen Memphis and the Mid-South through service at more than 300 nonprofit organizations and schools. Our volunteers are at work every day of the year tutoring and mentoring children, helping individuals and families make pathways out of poverty, improving our Memphis and Shelby County environment and more. Volunteer Memphis is an affiliate of the Hands-On Network, an association of 250 volunteer service organizations across 16 countries and an action Initiative of Leadership Memphis.
About Leadership Memphis:
Leadership Memphis is a non-profit, community leadership development organization. Its mission is to prepare and mobilize leaders to work together for the good of the whole community. Founded in 1977 as The Memphis Institute of Public Responsibility, the organization has trained and graduated more than 3,000 leaders from its signature programs: Executive, FastTrack, Criminal/Juvenile Justice, and Grassroots. Its Action Initiatives are Volunteer Memphis and Graduate Memphis.