Firefighter display at Medical Center just one 9/11 remembrance today

Through the rest of September, people eating at The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s Allspice Cafe will be able to share in a tribute to the fallen of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Staff from the hospital’s nutrition services set up flags, fire helmets, badges and pictures in the cafeteria as a memorial to the 2001 tragedy.

The idea came from Jim English, director of nutrition services, who helped acquire items such as the helmets from the Internet.

Terry O’Neal, the retail manager for nutrition services, said the cafeteria gets decorated for most major holidays, but the staff wanted to do something more special for 9/11.

“We wanted to pay tribute and respect to our countrymen and the firefighters and the EMTs who died,” O’Neal said. “We’ve gotten a lot of response from firefighters. ... We would just like the public to come and check it out.”

For today’s anniversary, the cafeteria is giving a 15 percent discount to all emergency personnel. In addition, the staff will be allowed to wear shirts with patriotic themes rather than their uniform shirts if they choose. Most staff members are wearing caps with the logos of New York City’s police department, fire department or the emergency medical technician service.

Tracy Mitchum, a student nurse who saw the display for the first time Thursday, said she thought it was an appropriate tribute.

“I thought it was really cool,” she said. “We were just talking about 9/11 this morning. I think this is very respectful. I like the different flags like for the fire department and the EMTs. Everybody is represented.”

Charlie Moore, a Mercer University medical student, agreed.

“I think it’s a great idea,” he said. “It keeps everybody reminded (about the event). They did a great job with the decorations.”

Other 9/11 events in Middle Georgia include:

Ÿ The Exchange Club of Houston County will hold a memorial service at 8:30 a.m. on the front lawn of Warner Robins City Hall. Mayor Donald Walker and the Rev. Jimmy Asbell of First United Methodist Church will speak.

Ÿ The Georgia Chapter of Operation Homefront (a military support group) is sponsoring a 9/11 memorial walk, starting at 8 a.m. at Robins Air Force Base. The Freedom Walk will start in front of the Health and Wellness Center (Building 827).

Ÿ The Political Science Student Association at Fort Valley State University is holding a candlelight memorial vigil at 7:30 tonight at the Hunt Memorial Statue in the Wildcat Commons courtyard. Candles will be provided while supplies last. Refreshments will be served.

Ÿ The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, the College Republicans and The GIVE Center at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville will hold its annual 9/11 program at noon at the front campus flagpole. The theme this year is “Remember, Honor and Give Back.”

Ÿ The Student Government Association at Macon State College has set up a small display in the Student Life Center cafeteria to memorialize those who died Sept. 11, 2001. Part of the display is a drawing of the World Trade Center on which SGA President Cathy Miller wrote by hand the names of every person who died in the attacks.

Ÿ The College Republicans at Mercer University will sponsor a small flag display on Porter Patch — a grassy area off College Street behind the Connell Student Center.

Ÿ Wesleyan College’s chaplain, the Rev. Bill Hurdle, will hold a brief memorial for 9/11 victims and families at 8:48 a.m. at the flagpole on the front campus on Forsyth Road.

Telegraph staff writer Linda S. Morris contributed to this report.