Sacrifices recalled at 9-11 ceremony in Rockland

By Stephen Betts | Sep 11, 2017
Photo by: Stephen Betts The 16th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks was recognized Monday at the Rockland Fire Department.

Rockland — The sacrifices of firefighters, police officers and other citizens were recalled Monday morning, Sept. 11, at a ceremony at the Rockland Fire Department to mark the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York City, the Pentagon, and a plane that crashed in Pennsylvania while heading to the nation's capital.

The Sept. 11 ceremony is an annual event organized by the city's fire department and attended by public safety officials from the Coast Guard, Knox County Sheriff's Office and veterans of military service.

"We remember once again how ordinary human beings, living their ordinary lives, reacted with extraordinary heroism when -- without warning and in an instant -- they were thrown face-to-face with the most fundamental questions of human existence," said Rockland Firefighter Carl Anderson.

"On Sept. 11, we saw ordinary people choose duty in the face of death, as the security guards in the Trade Center continued to help people out, even as the buildings were collapsing around them. On Sept. 11, we saw loyalty to friends overwhelm all sense of danger, as the New York City firefighters searched tirelessly for their own. We saw ordinary people choose self-sacrifice for the good of strangers, as the passengers on the plane over Pennsylvania refused to allow the hijackers to succeed. We saw ordinary people choosing to spend their final moments expressing their love to their families," Anderson said.

The Rockland firefighter said celebrating the kindness of the human spirit will triumph over terrorism.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Sandra Schramm | Sep 11, 2017 17:43

Very nice ceremony. Thanks for the video Steve.


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