Approximately 75 first responders and veterans gathered for the second annual Ashland City Civitan luncheon held in the Ashland City Church of Christ as part of the 9/11 commemoration.
The age range for those in attendance was from the late 20s to mid 70s.
Barney Hicks led the opening prayer, blessing the nation and giving thanks for military members and first responders. His wife, Linda, is a member of the Ashland City Civitan.
The participants reminisced and traded stories about where they were on Sept. 11, 2001, when the terrorist attacks took place.
Ashland City Civitan president Faye Silva said she was pleased to see a more diverse crowd at this year’s luncheon.
“I’m happy to see those from the South side with the Kingston Springs Fire Department and several first responders from Pleasant View,” Silva said.
Many remembered the surge in patriotism that was stirred by the attacks.
Curtis Day, 33, who is with Ashland City EMS, recalled that he was a sophomore at Cheatham County Central High School, sitting in a history class, when the planes hit the World Trade Center in New York.
“I thought it wasn’t real at first,” Cheatham County property assessor Cindy Burney said.
Silva remembers being in Winston-Salem, N.C., at the time of the attack.
“My husband was at work and saw the second plane hit, and I thought he had made it up,” she said. “It was so eerie. Everything had shut down. They were not even doing life flights.”
Silva said that the luncheon is a small token of appreciation for first responders.