Today marks the 12 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 12 years, we as a nation have continued to mourn and remember those we lost, as we reflect, recover and rebuild today.

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 40,000 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.

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

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.

Today, The Salvation Army stands united as we remember all of those heroes whose lives were forever changed twelve 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.