On September 10, 2021, the City of Cincinnati recognized as City Employee-Veterans Day, to honor the approximately 500 city employees who are serving or have served in America’s military. A ceremony will be held in front of City Hall at noon on September 10, 2021, to celebrate not only the great work done daily by these civil servants, but also their selfless and admirable service in the military. September 10, 2021, marks the eve of the 20th anniversary of an event that changed America forever. The following day September 11, 2001, after the terrorists’ attacks in New York, Washington and in Pennsylvania, that saw the death of nearly 3,000 citizens, we witnessed the heroism of civil servants in New York City and in Washington. Over four hundred emergency response employees knowingly risked their lives to save others. Many of those lives were lost as these public servants gave the last full measure of their duty. Following the attack, many people volunteered to serve in the military serving our country. Cincinnati has a proud tradition of gratefully allowing its employees to serve in the military. Today we have about 500 employees that in addition to being dedicated civil servants, have also served (and some continue to serve). to ensure that the rest of our citizens continue to live as peacefully as possible. These 500 employees are from all backgrounds, racially, culturally, both women and men, gay and straight. They also represent many city departments, although the lion’s share are in the Police and the Fire Departments.