RANSON — Independent Fire Company marked its 12th annual Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony today at 9:58 a.m., the same time each year, when the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York collapsed after being struck by hijacked airliner, Flight 175.
The occasion is marked by a moment of silence and a ringing of a bell for the firefighters, police officers and civilians who died that day, and for the members of the U.S. military who fell as part of the response to the attacks.
George Harris, a retired member of the U.S. Secret Service, who was at the World Trade Center at the time of the attack said the day was like no other.
“I hope I never see another day like that one,” guest speaker Harris told those in attendance at this year’s ceremony.
Following his remarks Harris presented Independent President Ed Smith with one of about 5,000 flags that has been delivered to the World Trade Center site immediately following the attacks.
The ceremony ended, as it does each year, at 10:28 a.m., when at that time in New York, 12 years earlier, the World Trade Center’s North Tower fell. Both times mark that period when most of the victims of that day perished.
Thus year’s remembrance included the presentation of the colors by Jefferson High School Cougar Air Force Jr. ROTC, taps by Jefferson Jr. ROTC, Alex Ouimet and the singing of the national anthem by Haelly Ramirez of Washington High School. Joe Kent performed “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes.