Firefighters honor 9/11 victims
BATON ROUGE - Members of the Baton Rouge Fire Department gathered for a moment of silence Thursday morning to honor those who died in the 9/11 terror attacks 13 years ago.
Throughout the day, many organizations in the Baton Rouge community will host multiple events to honor and give their respects to those who died that day.
Several Baton Rouge businesses participating in Freedom Day USA will donate giveaways, discounts and services to veterans and their families in the community. For a list of businesses participating in the area visit their website here.
Locals will gather in Mid City for the 9/11 Pride Project. Participants will give back to veteran residents at the Raven's Shelter for Vets . The event is hosted by Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, Cox Communications, Baton Rouge General and Volunteer Louisiana. To sign up visit here.
The capital area United Way and BASF will be coming together for the 9/11 Day of Observance from 12 - 6 p.m. at Mall of Louisiana. Participants can pay tribute through a donation of items to homeless veterans and participating in a career fair provided for veterans and the public. For more information visit here.
United Blood Services will host their "Big 9/11 We Remember Blood Drive." The blood drive will be followed by food and prizes, and donors will receive a T-shirt and a pint of ice cream. Donors are asked to make their appointment here.
Tonight the USS Kidd will hold a candlelight vigil at the Memorial Wall Apmhitheater. The event starts at 6:30 p.m., and will be followed by a Freedom Walk along the levee.
News 2's Troy Gaulden spoke to several firefighters at this morning's moment of silence about how 9/11 impacted their decision to join the department. Hear their story tonight starting at 4 p.m.