First responders to hold ‘Never Forget’ Blood Drive, ceremony in remembrance of 9/11

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MADISON, Wis. — First responders are asking community members to donate blood on Saturday to support their 10th annual “Never Forget” Blood Drive, which will take place on the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Prior to the drive, the Madison Fire and Madison Police Honor Guard will hold a ceremony and moment of silence in remembrance of the attacks. The ceremony starts at 7:35 a.m. and includes a presentation of the colors, a poem recitation, an observance of the National Moment of Silence at 7:46 a.m., and remarks from first responders.

The public is welcome to attend. Organizers ask that people gather on the sidewalk along Dairy Drive in front of Fire Station 14.

The blood drive itself is scheduled to run from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Organizers are looking to collect 175 blood donations. The first 200 donors will get a commemorative T-shirt. Donors will also get a $15 Visa gift card courtesy of Suburban Propane and a coupon for a free haircut from Sports Clips.

A food cart will be available at the event from 9 a.m. t0 2 p.m. while supplies last.

Masks are required at the blood drive. Anyone who isn’t donating blood will have to wait outside.

Those interested can make an appointment online or by calling 1-800-733-2767 with the sponsor word “PublicSafety.” Walk-ins will be accepted if time allows.