The victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks – including 411 first responders that were killed – at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and rural Pennsylvania were all remembered in a morning ceremony on Sept. 11 in Hamilton.
The remembrance service was held inside the Hamilton Fire Station because it was raining outside and included words from Hamilton Fire Department Chaplain Kevin Baird and Hamilton Police Department Lt. Scott Janes. Baird’s words can be found below and a full album of pictures from the service can also be found here.
It has been 14 years since those towers fell in New York, the Pentagon was damaged in Washington and that plane crashed in a field in Shanksville. We stand together today in memory and solidarity with those who died that day, those who rushed in to harm’s way to help, and those who continue to suffer the effects of a few men’s evil actions.
We stand in a long line of people memorializing those who have died in tragic circumstances. This is done to honor and respect the lives of each individual and the collective loss of our communities.
Our firefighters, police officers and emergency responders all stand in a long line of citizens who commit to care for our communities, protect public safety and do it sacrificially.
It was in the 1630s in Boston that fire regulations were first established and the “night watch” for policing the streets of Boston began their work. The participation in care and concern for family, neighbors, and the general well-being of our communities is a deep and abiding cord in the fabric of the success of our nation and this town. It is connected to the idea of the rule of law which is grounded in the belief that life has a purpose and each life matters. Jesus communicates quite succinctly what each of you stand in line today to be and do, “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them.”
On this 9-11 day memorial, may all of us join in the long line that honors those who have died, honor those who serve to protect and care for our freedoms, and may we all stand in the long line to serve our neighbors, because this is the way to build and maintain strong, free, and connected communities.