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On the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the Kroger Co. will hold a moment of silence in all 2,449 of its supermarkets across the country.
Kroger associates in each of the company’s 18 operating divisions will also thank the heroes in their local communities through a variety of in-store and community activities during September.
“To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we will invite our customers and associates to join together in a moment of silent reflection in all of our supermarkets,” said Dave Dillon, Kroger chairman and CEO. “We also heard from many associates that they wanted to recognize the heroes in their communities during this time of national remembrance. Many of our stores will also say ‘thank you’ to our everyday heroes – the men and women who keep our families, communities and stores safe – through a variety of activities this September.”
On Sunday, Sept. 11, Kroger stores located in the Eastern time zone will pause for a moment of silence to remember the victims and honor the heroes of the 9/11 tragedy at 8:46 a.m., the time when American Airlines Flight 11 struck the World Trade Center’s north tower 10 years ago. Because of the time difference, Kroger stores in the Central, Mountain and Western time zones will pause for a moment of quiet remembrance at a locally designated time on Sunday morning.
Many stores throughout the country will also express Kroger’s gratitude to our everyday heroes through activities including the following:
- Preparing and delivering lunches, food trays, sheet cakes or gift baskets to local first responders, such as fire departments, police departments and paramedics.
- Inviting customers to write personal messages on oversized cards or posters displayed in stores thanking military and emergency services personnel for their service.
- Encouraging associate donations to the USO.
- Inviting customers to thank their everyday heroes on Kroger and banner Facebook pages.
- Hosting commemorative events and “Honoring Our Heroes” celebrations for emergency services personnel and members of the active military.
Cincinnati-based Kroger operates 2,449 supermarkets and multidepartment stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s.