Local first responders, military personnel, students and other community members gathered at Tarleton State University’s Heritage Park Monday for a United We Stand 9/11 remembrance luncheon.

The event, hosted by TSU’s Department of Student Engagement and Leadership, featured hamburgers and hot dogs with all the fixings as everyone came together to honor those who put their lives on the line.

“We were looking for a way, not only for students, but for the campus as a whole to engage the Stephenville community,” said Erin Warner, TSU leadership programs coordinator. “Some of our students don’t remember 9/11 so I think this was a good way to initiate that conversation and just a good way to get everybody together to be united.”

Those in attendance included Stephenville police, fire and EMS; the Tarleton Police Department, Tarleton ROTC members, military veterans and more.

“Events like this help reinforce what happened that day,” Matt Welch, TSU police chief, said. “You ask kids nowadays what Pearl Harbor is and a lot of them don’t know. This was our Pearl Harbor.”

As everyone enjoyed the food several students were seen thanking first responders and veterans for their service.

“I think it’s awesome that the university chose to honor first responders and veterans to commemorate their service and all those who lost their lives on 9/11,” Jason King, Stephenville police chief, said.