The City of Marysville will hold a service this week to honor and remember the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks.
The city’s 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony is set to be held at 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Decker Fire Station, 16300 County Home Rd., Marysville.
The Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center towers killed 2,753 people including 343 New York City firefighters, 23 New York City police officers and 37 Port Authority officers.
At the Pentagon, 184 people were killed when a hijacked plane crashed into the building.
In Pennsylvania, 40 passengers and crew members aboard another flight died when they took control of a hijacked plane, crashing it into a field rather than the terrorists intended, unknown target.
“It was such a turning point in American history,” said Fire Chief Jay Riley said. “It was our generation’s Pearl Harbor.”
He said that following the posting of the colors and Pledge of Allegiance, Rev. Jim Taylor will offer and invocation and Marysville High School student Skyler Saunders will sing the National Anthem.
Riley said the flag will be lower to half-mast and, beginning at 9:59 a.m., the time the South Tower collapsed, he will read the significance of the 5-5-5 bell ringing tradition.
According to the International Fire Chiefs Association, the 5-5-5 was used during the time of telegraph.
“When a firefighter died in the line of duty, the fire alarm office would tap out a special signal,” according to information from the IAFC. “That signal was five measured dashes, then a pause, then five measured dashes, another pause…then five more dashes.”
He said firefighters will ring the fire bell, “in memory of those lost.”
City Council member Scott Brock will deliver the keynote address.
This year, local fire fighters will climb the hose tower near the fire station.
“They will go up and down, up and down to complete the 110 stories the fire fighters climbed in the towers,” Riley said.
The fire chief said the ceremony is not long, “bit it is full of significance.”
Brock urged those who can, to attend, and those who cannot, to, “take a moment of silence to remember.”
“Whatever you do, please take time to remember that day,” Brock said.
Riley said that as important as it is to remember the attacks and those who lost their lives, it is also important to remember how America responded.
“In the days and weeks and months after, our communities came together, the country came together and we had a unified approach,” Riley said. “I think we all want to get back to that.”
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