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Memphis firefighters wear red in honor of 9/11 victims

(WMC-TV) - For the first time since the September 11, 2001 attacks, Memphis Fire Stations wore a sea of red Friday as firefighters came together in dress to show their respect for those who lost their lives on that day.

Firefighters said they know all too well the bravery emergency workers showed when they gave their lives on that day 10 years ago.

"We understand wholeheartedly because this is what we do every day," said firefighter Robert Carr.

Friday, firefighters across Memphis could be found sporting crisp red shirts.  This is the first time the department has decided to make a unified statement of respect.

"It shows the cohesiveness of all the stations in Memphis in support for those who died in the 9/11 situation," said Carr.

The statement is also a way for these public servants to personally cope with the emotion they still feel when looking back on the attacks.

"We grieve for the family members of those firefighters that were lost," said Carr.  "We feel a sense of loss for those that lost their lives."

The tributes continue this weekend.  Sunday, a special ceremony will be held at the Fire Museum in Downtown Memphis.  It begins at 9:00 a.m. and will include public servants from across the city.

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