Today, Los Angeles remembered first responders who died in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. An event was held at Fire Station 3 in downtown Los Angeles with Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas in attendance.
The event was focused on thanking first responders and recognizing volunteer efforts within the community on the day of remembrance.
“We know who you are. We see you. We recognize that you’re here and remember those who aren’t,” Garcetti said. “We all remember the pain and the panic.”
Frontline Foods, an organization that partners with local restaurants to deliver food to front line workers, delivered lunches from local restaurants to 55 fire stations across Los Angeles. The catering was organized as part of the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, which organizes volunteer events for the community to give back to first responders.
“If I can show any kind of love and hospitality, it’s through food,” said Antonia Lofaso, a restaurateur who provided food for the event.
“We are so proud and humbled to be a part of this day. Service is what we do,” said Patti R?ckenwagner, the co-owner of Röckenwagner Bakery.
The traditional 9/11 ceremony at Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center was replaced by a short memorial video on social media that was posted Thursday night.
The training center houses a 23-ton steel column from the south tower of the World Trade Center.
“For firefighters and police officers, this day has special meaning,” Terrazas said.
Editor’s note: This story was updated on Sept. 16 to correct a formatting.