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Early morning 911 remembrance ceremony continues (Photo) - 09/09/19

Kelso, WA - Those lost as a result of the September 11th terrorist attacks will be remembered and honored at Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue's memorial located at 701 Vine street in Kelso on September 11th this coming Wednesday. The South tower of the World Trade Center fell at 9:59 Eastern Standard Time. The North tower collapsed at 10:28. This ceremony memorializes the loss at the actual time and begins at 6:45am. Each year, since 2001, Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue's Honor Guard has raised the American Flag and then lowered it to half-staff while Fire Chief Dave LaFave reflects on sacrifices made by first responders. The public and all media are invited to observe the ceremony; refreshments will be provided. 

 

Chief LaFave comments on the annual remembrance and the early start time, "This ceremony is held early in the morning for a reason; the inconvenience to stand out here one morning a year to remember their sacrifice, at the time they perished, is the least we can do". 

 

A steel artifact from the World Trade Center, released by the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey, is the center piece of the memorial. Only 1,000 steel artifacts have been released for memorials throughout the United States. Development of the memorial began in the Fall of 2009 by Cowlitz 2 Firefighter Brad Yoder and a number of high school fire cadets. The memorial is always open to the public to remember or to "never forget". 

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