CAUW honors Armed Forces, first responders on 9/11

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Students from Holy Family School present a thank-you banner to representatives from Louisiana State Police on Wednesday, September 11th as part of the Capital Area United Way and BASF's 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance.

BATON ROUGE - In observance of the 12th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on our nation, the Capital Area United Way and BASF teamed up to engage the local community to honor those in the Armed Forces and many of our local first responders.

Employees from BASF donated items to create and ship 375 care packages to local troops who are currently serving overseas. This far-exceeded their goal of 200 care packages. Nearly 1,000 cards were written to first responders and Armed Forces personnel, engaging more than 1,000 individuals, including children. Thank-you banners were decorated and signed by students from local schools and presented to area first responding agencies such as fire and police departments.

This year's activities honored the extraordinary sacrifices made by thousands of rescue and recovery workers, volunteers, and public safety personnel, as well as hundreds of thousands of brave individuals who have defended our nation as members of our Armed Forces here at home and overseas. The programs and projects provided an opportunity for the community to recall and rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that existed immediately following the 9/11 attacks.