The Salvation Army Remembers 9/11

World Trade Center Memorial (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Today marks the 11 year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. On this somber day, The Salvation Army would like to extend our deepest regard for those our nation lost, their families and friends.

For many of us, the memories of that fateful day are still fresh in our minds.  Over the past 11 years, we as a nation have continued to mourn and remember those we lost, as we reflect, recover and rebuild today.

A few Salvation Army workers and volunteers gather for a picture near Ground Zero

The days and weeks following 9/11 were especially significant ones for The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army was the first relief agency to reach Ground Zero on the morning of September 11, 2001, reporting within a half-hour following the first plane crash at the World Trade Center site. We couldn’t have done it without the 39,000 Salvation Army officers, volunteers, and staff who provided assistance during that time.

We served relief workers at the scene for nine months until operations at Ground Zero officially concluded in May 2002. This relief effort, called “Operation Compassion Under Fire” gave The Salvation Army full control of the feeding operation at Ground Zero. We served over 3.2 million meals during those months.

Serving Firemen at a Salvation Army tent near Ground Zero

Salvation Army food storage in New York City

Most importantly, we were able to provide emotional and spiritual counseling and support to rescue and recovery-personnel. Click here to watch out a video to learn more about The Salvation Army’s role on Ground Zero.

Salvation Army officers offering a prayer

Following the attacks on the World Trade Center, The Salvation Army also set up a tent city outside of the Pentagon in Washington, DC called “Camp Unity”, serving meals to volunteers and first responders for several weeks during clean-up.

Workers eat at Camp Unity near the Pentagon.

Today, The Salvation Army stands united as we remember all of those heroes whose lives were forever changed eleven years ago. The memories of those we lost still live on in all of us today.

May God continue to bless the United States of America.

- The Salvation Army U.S.A.

6 Comments on “The Salvation Army Remembers 9/11

  1. And to all those volunteers who came to help with the collections, phones, just making sure the food caravan got offt to Pittsburgh on its way to New York. Thank you. I shall always remember you and this time in my life. To Ricardo Fernandez, Vicky, Jean Lightfoot thanks for extra support. And to all the companies who donated food to feed out volunteers – thank you. We all pulled together and made it happen. Cleveland OH NEOSA

  2. Pro 27:2 Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.

  3. I was one of the Salvation Army volunteers after the September 11 attacks. It is something I will NEVER forget. I met rescue workers that i still think about and pray for to this day. It was something that changed my life. The Salvation Army is a great organization and i feel blessed that i was able to serve with them.

  4. I am proud to have worked with The Salvation Army during this time of uncertainty in the United States. And I am even more proud of the New York City Fire Department who put their lives on the line to answer to their calling of such an enormous undertaking and enter those buildings and do their job, knowing that they may never see their families again. And l love my husband who worked down there day in and out for countless days to help in the rescue efforts, and I ask God to always protect him and all of his brothers who are now reliving this event 11 years later. May God Bless all of us and May God Bless the United States of America!

  5. Christy- we appreciate your wonderful service. Thank you for sharing.

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