One East Tennessee family remembered 9/11 by thanking the men and women who help keep us safe.
Kelly Giardini and her daughters took baked goods to area firehouses Tuesday afternoon.
The family has a special connection with the events of 9/11. At the time, Ms. Giardini was living in New York City and had many neighbors who were firefighters. On the night of 9/11, she and other moms in her neighborhood got together to cook dinner for firefighters and their families.
When she moved to East Tennessee in 2008, she kept her 9/11 tradition alive.
"So many more names would have been on that wall if it wasn't for people like this, and that's why I say 'thank you' and I make my kids do it, and they like it; they want to say 'thank you,'" she said.
"It means a lot for them to come by and bring us things. It shows that we're doing our job. When they told their story of why they were bringing it by, it kind of touched my heart cause we all have special feelings about 9/11 and how important it is to us and what it means to us," said Mike Curl, a firefighter.
Giardini says she plans to continue this tradition each year.