Salvation Army 'soldier' reflects on 9/11 attacks 

Alli Chin (Courtesy photo) - ALLI CHIN (COURTESY PHOTO)
  • Alli Chin (Courtesy photo)
  • Alli Chin (Courtesy photo)

Alli Chin, 55, who has been a “soldier” in the Salvation Army since she was 16, used her vacation time from December 2001 to January 2002 to serve hot meals 24/7 to workers at ground zero in New York after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

What does the 10th anniversary of 9/11 mean to you? I just think about all the people who have to cope with the tragedy. I don’t think any of us who were not there when it happened can even imagine the scope of that disaster. It was so catastrophic. You would break down if you tried to encompass it.

Once there at ground zero, what exactly did you and members of the Salvation Army do? Basically we set up camp on a sidewalk. We created a little diner where we served hot food for all the supporting volunteers and staff. We were next door to the morgue and most of the people we served were the public officials: police and firemen.

How will you commemorate 9/11? There’s a memorial service at Golden Gate Park on 9/11. I’ll be participating in that event.

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