On Patriot’s Day, Heritage Woods of Minooka lowered its flag to honor the nearly 3,000 men and women who lost their lives on 9/11 during the terrorist attacks, as well as the first responders, service members and all those who risked their lives to save others.   

Every year, the residents and staff at Heritage Woods honor and recognize the hard work and life-saving sacrifices of the first responders in our community. Local fire, EMS and the police departments were invited to have lunch with residents – just one small way that we can show our appreciation to them.

Residents talk about special events that we host throughout the year, but this specific event is one their favorite. To be able to show their appreciation for those who are here for us and the community each and every day — good and bad, rain or shine — means a lot to them.

First responders were greeted at the door by Heritage Woods resident Carolyn, who created a special note card, thanking them for their service to the community. Many other residents helped decorate the entryway and gave each serviceman and servicewoman a standing ovation as they entered the building. Residents also served meals to them as another way of giving back.   

Fire Chief Al Yancey brought a helmet to share with all the residents during their meal. The helmet is dedicated with respect for the FDNY and the 343 firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11/2001.  The badge number 343 on the helmet will forever be vacated by the Minooka Fire Department to honor those firefighters who died trying to save others.

To be able to show our appreciation for those who sacrificed their lives for our safety is so important to us. It’s also impactful for residents to know they are making a difference and giving back to the community in their own special way.