Each year on September 11th, the Fire Chief's Association of Palm Beach County, Florida presents a tribute to those that lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and to honor those that risked their lives on that fateful day. The ceremony this year was in my town and I was so touched by the day's events. Every Fire Department and Police Department throughout Palm Beach County was represented. Each unit had fire trucks parked along the main road in. A parade was held ending at our Ampitheatre where a beautiful ceremony was held. Here are some photo's to capture the day.
A plaque on the front of one of the trucks reads, "Look Busy Until We Get There"
A Flag That Was In The World Trade Center, Framed
Our Town's Memorial - steel from between the 69th and 71st floors of Tower 2 and the Fountain with an Eternal Flame. There is also a wall with the names of each person that perished etched in glass.
It was a typically hot, hot, hot Florida day, yet the Firefighters from throughout the County were gathered together to honor their own. They stood in the blazing hot sun, in full uniform, never showing any discomfort. As we were standing behind a group of Firefighters, I noticed that every 15 minutes or so, the person in the front of the line who was standing in the direct sun, would move to the back of the line where there was shade so each had a turn in the sun. Amazing.
After the ceremony was over, we were speaking with one of the Firefighters crediting him for withstanding the heat in full uniform. He commented that they were well hydrated, that they train for "conditions" like this and with a twinkle in his eye said, "even if we were dying, we'd never let you know it"! Not everyone could fill those shoes. Thank God for those that do!
An amazing day. The emotions are overflowing. I remember what I was doing ten years ago today. We all do. It was the day life changed forever.