There were dozens of local ceremonies around the metro honoring first responders -- those who died as heroes during the 9/11 Attacks, and for those who continue to serve our communities each day.
At Milton High School, thousands of flags are being placed on the lawn, one for each life lost.
But we started the day downtown Atlanta at a spiritual ceremony for first responders.
Inside the Cathedral of Christ the King, a Blue Mass Ceremony was given for first responders -- first to the fallen lives in the 9/11 attack. Then, to local heroes with Atlanta Police and Fire departments.
Police Chief George Turner and Fire Chief Joel Baker both spoke at the ceremony.
Afterward, the men and women in Blue were saluted by hundreds of students as they entered a special luncheon, some of the students even made thank you cards.
Archbishop Wilton Gregory prayed for officers individually.
“We are praying for peace and restoration of justice and harmony in our community,” Gregory said. “Gratitude is a gift that crosses every spiritual tradition.”
If you would like to come and pay your respects and see the list of names on each flag, they will be at Milton High School all weekend.
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