All in Haywood are invited to show their appreciation to first responders in the county during a brunch set for 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 11.
The event will take place at the Canton armory, where a recognition ceremony will occur at 10:30 a.m.
“First responders deserve our thanks for their tremendous dedication to our well-being. When trouble comes, 911 gives us access to these departments and they respond rapidly when called upon,” said event organizer Nate Washington.
“It is hoped that this brunch will act as a meet and greet in an effort for members of the community to interact and realize that these men and women,” he added.
Various churches of various denominations are planning a brunch and time of fellowship in honor of all first responders.
Representatives from the Haywood County Sheriff office, Waynesville, Canton, Clyde, Maggie Valley police departments, emergency management services and the N.C. Highway Patrol are expected to attend.
Canton mayor Zeb Smathers said he is happy his town can hold such an event at one of its facilities.
“We’re absolutely honored to host that,” he said. “We have an ongoing tradition of honoring and appreciating our first responders. I think this is an important day not just for our country, but also take a few moments to realize how lucky we are to have what we have.”
The Canton Armory is located at 71 Penland St. in Canton. For more information, contact Debbie Bumgardner at 828-645-7270 or Nate Washington at 828-276-6504.