RACINE — Fourteen years and one day after what is now referred to as 9-11, members of emergency responders will lead a silent procession to the Racine American Legion.
There, a tribute ceremony will take place at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 12, honoring military, police, fire, EMS and security personnel — all of whom played a role that day and in the days following the terrorist attacks in Washington, D.C., New York and Pennsylvania.
It is perhaps cliche to say everyone who was old enough to know what was happening on Sept. 11, 2001, has a story about how they or someone they knew was affected, but it is true nonetheless. The United States was under attack as televisions and radio stations broadcast live. In disbelief, people watched and the images were burned into the collective conscience.
Many communities have come together to remember that day and honor those first responders who worked tirelessly to assist victims as the attacks were taking place and in the aftermath. The attack prompted a military response and those who answered the call are also honored.
Racine’s tribute ceremony will focus on “Unity” by bringing EMS, police, fire and security personnel, along with active and retired veterans of all branches of the armed forces together to be honored and remembered.
The ceremony will begin at Southern High School, where members of emergency responders will lead a silent procession to the Racine American Legion. There, they will meet under a replica of the cross that was pulled from the remains of the Twin Towers in New York City, the site of two of the attacks.
The original cross was formed when steel girders from the buildings melted together in the intense heat to form a cross. The cross became a symbol of hope for many of the people working at the site in the days following the attacks.
According to Tim Sands, event coordinator and Racine volunteer firefighter, the main focus will be the 9-11 cross replica, symbolizing hope and unity.
“We are going to meet under the cross, which is a replica of the one found at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks.” Sands said.” We want to honor our fallen brothers and sisters that have paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives for the unselfish love of their fellow man.”
There are many who were not yet born or were too young to remember when the attacks occurred; others will never forget. The organizers wish to invite everyone to come together to honor those fallen on that day and the days that followed, as each group, together, in unity, are honored.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551