WASHINGTON, Ill. — Remembering those lost on Sept. 11, 2001, is something that people do all over the nation. This is no different for the city of Washington, as they held their 18th annual 9/11 Memorial.
“We don’t want people to forget, you know this was the ultimate sacrifice that all the first responders and citizens in New York and Washington DC made for our country, they were victims of a terrorist attack and we don’t want people to forget,” said Washington Fire Chief Roger Traver.
The town doesn’t only honor those lost on 9/11, but also local first responders.
“To us, it’s a great deal of pride in what we do and we appreciate the city taking time to recognize all of us in the community for our service.” Said Washington Chief of Police Michael McCoy.
Many of the students in attendance were not alive during 9/11.
but that did not stop them from coming out and showing their support.
“It’s really cool especially considering most of these kids weren’t alive yet when 9/11 occurred,” said City of Washington Alderman Brett Adams, “It’s really great seeing the youth of the community get behind this event.”
First responders risk their lives every day they put on their uniforms. An event like this helps shed light to the community their dedication.
“We’re not guaranteed every day to come home from work and for us to be honored this way is huge.” Said McCoy