To mark the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2011, the Mercer Island Farmers Market sought to honor the memories of those who perished that day as well as all those who have fought and to those who have died since then defending our country.
At noon the entire MIFM community paused for a moment of silence, while one of the Mercer Island Fire Department‘s firetrucks slowly and silently drove through the market. It was a moving tribute to that tragic day’s victims and, in particular, to the first responders, who so selflessly risked and even gave their lives to save others.
Afterward, the firefighters pulled the firetruck to the side of the MI Farmers Market. This allowed them to show the firetruck to community members. This opportunity to see a firetruck up close didn’t just fascinate the youngest Islanders, but seemed to intrigue Islanders of all ages.
This was also a great opportunity for the firefighters and the community to talk and for the community to thank the firefighters for protecting them.
As part of the community saying “thank you” to the MIFD, during the market, the MIFM collected flowers and produce to give to the firefighters at the end of the market day.
In addition to the participation of the MIFD, the Mercer Island Police Department played an important role in helping the MIFM mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Officer Rob Jira of the MIPD and several members of the Mercer Island Emergency Preparedness team of community volunteers were at the MI Farmers Market in the community service booth. They were there to answers questions and with a variety of materials to help the community become better prepared in the event of an emergency. Officer Jira and the volunteers also sought to sign up new volunteers for the Emergency Preparedness team, which will play a crucial role as our community responds to a future emergency.
The Mercer Island Farmers Market would like to thank the Mercer Island Fire Department and the Mercer Island Police Department for making our commemoration more meaningful by involving our community’s first responders.