Kroger hasn't forgotten; grocer to commemorate 9/11 in stores through September

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Tuesday reported the company will coordinate a moment of silence across all 2,449 stores in its network on Sept. 11 to remember the victims and honor the heroes of the 9/11 tragedy.

"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," stated Dave Dillon, chairman and CEO of Kroger. "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."

For example, across some districts, Kroger is making arrangements to prepare and deliver lunches, food trays, sheet cakes or gift baskets to local first responders, including fire departments, police departments and paramedics. In other districts, customers will be able to write personal messages on oversized cards or posters displayed in stores thanking military and emergency services personnel for their service.

Kroger also will encourage associate donations to the USO, a nonprofit, congressionally chartered, private organization whose mission is to help boost morale across the U.S. Armed Forces.