Honoring first responders was the theme at Calvary Baptist church Sunday morning. About 900 people gathered on the grounds of Calvary Church in a tent set up for the big crowd. The service was geared toward honoring local Police Officers, Firefighters, DPS Troopers, EMS workers, and Sheriff's Deputies. The congregation sang a number of patriotic songs from "America the Beautiful" to "Glory, Glory Hallelujah" to "The Star Spangled Banner," as their way of giving respect to all of those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001.
Clarence Kaywood is the Associate Pastor at Calvary Baptist and told NewsChannel 11 why this event was so important, "We have all been hurt by what has happened and we all remember it and that's just one of the reasons we are having it today, to just say thank you to all of our first responders here in Lubbock."
Everyone was encouraged to sign a paper flag that will be sent to New York City this week. Calvary Baptist Church provided lunch after the service, then released a sea of more than 1,200 red, white, and blue balloons into the sky.