ATLANTA – September 2015 – “Every year on September 11, at precisely 8:46 a.m., I stop wherever I am for a few personal moments of silence. Depending on my surroundings, I have been known to yell out as loud as I can, ‘NEVER FORGET!’” admits Craig Meredith, a national account manager with the security company U.S. Security Associates (USA).
With the anniversary of the September 11 attacks approaching, U.S. Security Associates invited employees to share ways they commemorate and pay tribute. The security company has many active and retired law enforcement officers, firefighters, and military service personnel in its ranks, including Darren Claphan, USA’s senior director of client engagement. Claphan is a Marine Corps veteran who was attending Marine Corps Sniper School on September 11, 2001. He went on to complete a tour of duty in Iraq as a team leader. His team is coming together again for this special 9/11 memorial workout in honor of the 9/11 victims and their families:
Claphan and his team plan to start early, finish the workout by 8:46 a.m., when the first plane hit the North Tower, then spend the next 17 minutes in reflection until 9:03 a.m., when the second plane hit the South Tower.
At the World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial is commemorating the 14th anniversary of 9/11 with its annual Tribute in Light. The Memorial Plaza is open to the public on September 11 from 3pm until midnight for a special viewing of the Tribute of Light. Resembling the Twin Towers, the illuminated memorial is four miles high and visible from 60 miles away on a clear night.
911memorial.org lists ideas for people everywhere to join millions in New York in commemorating the victims and heroes of 9/11. Suggestions include writing letters of appreciation to first responders, creating care packages for military service personnel, and performing acts of service, like volunteering at a shelter or collecting donations for those in need. Planting a garden, painting a mural, or dedicating a bench to the victims of 9/11 are other ways to create a lasting memorial and ensure the men, women, and children who died are never forgotten.
U.S. Security Associates (USA) is the market-leading, wholly-owned American, full-service safety and security solutions provider. With over 160 locally-responsive offices, international locations and over 50,000 dedicated professionals, they offer the most complete array of physical security, remote surveillance, and global consulting and investigations to ensure better outcomes for thousands of clients and a range of industries. Innovative applications of leading-edge, proprietary technology enable USA to rank annually among the world's best training companies, sustain the highest standards of quality, and underscore world-class customer service with unparalleled accountability. USA's rise as one of the largest innovative security solutions leaders is a natural byproduct of these differentiators and enables the company to provide the most Safe. Secure. Friendly.® environments for people, assets, and brands. For more information, visit www.ussecurityassociates.com.
Natalie Fischer, Marketing Manager