Dayna Worchel, firstname.lastname@example.org
The mood was somber among the group who gathered at the flagpole in front of City Hall on Wednesday morning to commemorate those who perished in the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001.
As firefighters played “Amazing Grace” on their bagpipes, the American flag was slowly raised to rest at half-mast. The Reverend Ralph Caraway led city officials, first responders and citizens in prayer, and Mayor Barbara Bass spoke about how thankful everyone is for the police and firemen who place themselves in harm’s way to protect the public.
“This is the 12th anniversary of a day that changed our nation forever,” Mayor Bass told the group of about 50. She added that the nation forever lost its innocence that day. “Many observed firsthand the bravery of the first responders — more than 400 of them died that day,” she said.
There are close to 1,000 first responders dead now because of the health after-effects from that day 12 years ago, the mayor added.
“Let us be grateful for the first responders — the heroes that surround us every day —our thoughts and prayers are with you every day,” she said.
The ceremony ended with a firefighter symbolically ringing a bell and two policemen played taps on trumpets.