How Two Veterans Paid Tribute to Military Members Opening New Bar on Anniversary of 9/11

by Samantha Whidden

On the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, two U.S. veterans revealed they paid tribute to military service members by opening a new Georgia-based bar.

During a recent interview with LaGrange News, U.S. veterans James Bailey and his cousin/business partner Brett Chapman shared that they honored those who served or currently served during the grand opening of their new venture, The Drive Bar, in Hogansville, Georgia.

Speaking about the bar’s grand opening, the veterans revealed a high number of servicemen, in civilian clothes and uniforms, came to the bar for their special “first drink on us” military special. The duo also revealed that near the bar’s porch deck had a 9/11 memorial of magazines and newspapers from 2001. 

“It’s been really awesome to see the turnout and the response. And to all the families come out.” Bailey went on to tell the media outlet. “I’m glad we got to do this. [To] honor[the military veterans and current servicemen] this way.”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Honors Those Lost During the September 11th Attacks 

Days before the 20th anniversary of the infamous terrorist attacks, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs honored those who lost their lives and the American heroism on that fateful day. 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary, Dennis McDonough, stated, “The events of September 11, 2001, called brave men and women of the armed forces to serve their country and [the department] will never forget to honor their service and sacrifice.”

During the week leading up to the anniversary, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs shared stories of those who answered the call to serve and remembers the thousands who sacrificed their lives in defense of the U.S. following the attacks that claimed nearly 3,000 lives.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs also confirmed more than 60 VA national ceremonies hosted a National Day of Service. The ceremonies can attendees the opportunity to participate in headstone cleaning and other activities. 

Along with the 9/11 remembrance announcement, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs also announced it has launched. A Geriatric Emergency Department initiative within all of the department’s 18 Veterans Integrated Service Networks. 

“Nearly half of the nation’s 19.5 million Veterans are over 65 years old and account for more than 45% of ED visits at VA hospitals— more than double the rate for seniors nationwide,” VA Acting Under Secretary for Health Steven L. Lieberman, M.D. revealed. The Secretary also stated that the department’s goal is to lower the number by ensuring the elderly population receives age-friendly emergency care. It will also improve the care coordination in communities throughout the U.S.

The partnership aims to establish 70 emergency departments as geriatric EDs eligible for accreditation in alignment with ACEP’s GED Accreditation by December 2022.