ODESSA, TX (KWES) - As the 15th anniversary of 9/11 approaches this weekend, residents in the Permian Basin are showing their appreciation for those who lost their lives and supporting our local first responders, who risk so much every day.
Hundreds of flags line Buffalo Wallow Lake in remembrance of the attacks on September 11, 2001.
To many here, the day is not only a way to honor the victims but to show local first responders we stand by them.
"I think about the boys we lost here personally. I pray for their families and for these officers I pray every night," said Sherry Bates with Sunset Memorial.
On Friday, Sunset Memorial provided free lunch to Odessa first responders to show them, even with all the chaos in the world right now, they're appreciated.
Cpl. Cory Wester knows the community's support all too well. He was shot in the line of duty, a day before Christmas Eve. Locals showered him with their gratitude.
"I can't tell you how many plants and flowers and all that I received from everybody in the community and even when I got back, it's just been overwhelming support," said Wester.
So as you enjoy your weekend, remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9-11 and to help our our community.
"I've been here less than a year in Odessa and I've seen a lot of support from the public, everywhere," said Officer Cesar Robles.