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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: The "Tribute in Light" illuminates the night sky of Lower Manhattan as seen from the observatory in One World Trade Center September 11, 2016 in New York City. Throughout the country services are being held to remember the 2,977 people who were killed in New York, at the Pentagon and in a field in rural Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Thomas Rhett was 11 and wife Lauren was 12 when the 9/11 terrorist attacks took place in 2001, but the tragedy clearly had a powerful effect on them.

As the couple and their two daughters were exploring New York on the 16th anniversary of the attacks, they dropped by Ladder 25 to visit members of the FDNY. “I still remember sitting in my chair in middle school that morning watching on TV our country being attacked,” Lauren wrote on Instagram of the visit. “Meeting some of the men and women who serve our country, some of them who even served our country on that day 16 years ago, and seeing the photos of those who lost their lives from Ladder 25 on 9/11, was so surreal. God bless the first responders of New York City [and] our country.”

Instagram post by Lauren Akins * Sep 12, 2017 at 1:13am UTC

195.8k Likes, 275 Comments - Lauren Akins (@laur_akins) on Instagram: "So grateful & honored to get to know some of the FDNY today❤️. And on September 11th of all days...."

The couple posted a series a pictures on social media from the visit, one of which featured adopted daughter Willa donning an FDNY helmet in front of a Ladder 25 fire truck.

The engine company lost 14 firefighters on 9/11; the department as a whole lost nearly 250. Almost 3,000 Americans in all were killed in the attacks.

Teddy McDonald is a fun-lovin’ country music fan man living in Nashville, Tennessee.