ABILENE, Texas — The COVID-19 Pandemic has changed even the way people are able to pay tribute.
Although law enforcement and first responders in the Big Country weren't able to participate in ceremonies or memorials this year, one local business made sure they enjoyed lunch.
"They are our heroes," said Bryan Hicks, General Manager of Elmwood Funeral home.
According to Hicks, his staff provides lunch each year on September 11th to local first responders as a token of appreciation for what they sacrifice for our safety.
"These ladies and gentlemen get up every day to defend us, the least we can do is give them some lunch and say thank you," said Hicks.
Fridays lunch was catered by Black Cat's BBQ and although flags were flying at half-mast, bellies and hearts were full.
"It means alot.. you know we just serve the community, and do whatever we can for others, it's just a good reminder every year and means a lot to us for sure" Clayton Pope, Engine 3, Abilene Fire Department.