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Emergency responders & citizens together honor 9/11 heroes, soldiers

Warrensburg citizens listen to a speech paying tribute to the sacrifices of the heroes of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — and the soldiers who fought to protect freedom in the decade since — during the annual 9/11 memorial ceremony held in downtown Warrensburg Tuesday Sept. 11. About 100 firefighters from northern Warren County, joined by several hundred citizens. participated in the solemn services.

Warrensburg citizens listen to a speech paying tribute to the sacrifices of the heroes of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — and the soldiers who fought to protect freedom in the decade since — during the annual 9/11 memorial ceremony held in downtown Warrensburg Tuesday Sept. 11. About 100 firefighters from northern Warren County, joined by several hundred citizens. participated in the solemn services. Photo by Thom Randall.

— With their solemn faces bathed in candlelight, hundreds of citizens from northern Warren County joined area firefighters and EMS personnel in a ceremony downtown held as a tribute to those who gave their lives in the Sept. 11 terror attacks — and those who put their lives on the line providing vital assistance on that fateful day.

While some ceremonies across the nation were downsized or abandoned in this 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Warrensburg followed the theme of its adopted 9/11 slogan, “We Will Always Remember” as it held its community ceremony beside the Floyd Bennett Memorial Bandstand.

Warrensburg Fire Chief Justin Hull urged people to never forget the day, and its impact on the nation.

“We lost so much that day, and the 11 years to follow with battling two wars — but as a nation, we have grown stronger,” he said, extending the attention to U.S. and allied soldiers as well as emergency responders on vigil in communities across America. “They all sacrifice an untold number of hours away from home and work to keep their communities safe.”

About 100 firefighters were present, some in crisp formal uniforms, other in soot-stained turnout gear that bore silent witness to their service.

Sister Linda Hogan of Saint Cecilia’s Catholic Church talked of how the events and impact of the day were indelible in the memory of those who lived through the horrific day.

“It was a series of unspeakable acts of hatred and unbelievable acts of violence,” she said in her Invocation.

“But now we should consider the other side of 9/11 — the first responders and office workers — those who ran into collapsing and burning buildings while others were running out,” she said. Hogan added that all people should emulate such courage, love and sacrifice, recognizing it as a symbol of love, and put it to work in their own lives.

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