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9/11 Memorial Service
September 11 @ 8:40 am CDT
From the City of Pittsburg
City of Pittsburg to hold 9/11 Memorial Service on Sept. 11
PITTSBURG, KS – On Saturday, September 11, the City of Pittsburg will conduct a solemn service to recognize the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Members of the community are invited to attend.
“I think the more time that passes, the more important it is to recognize the sacrifices and bravery that were displayed on 9/11,” says Pittsburg Fire Chief Dennis Reilly, who was in New York City the afternoon of the attacks and participated in recovery efforts. “Many say ‘Never forget’, but unless we are willing to actually do something on that day, ‘Never forget’ is really nothing more than a catchy slogan.”
The remembrance will be held at Fire Station No. 1, 911 W. 4th Street, Pittsburg, starting at 8:40 am.
At 8:59 am, the exact time the first World Trade Center tower fell, the Pittsburg Fire Department will perform a traditional fire department bell ceremony. Immediately following, the Pittsburg Fire Department honor guard will post the American flag at half-mast.
Pittsburg Police Chief Brent Narges says members of the police department will also participate in the ceremony to honor first responders and civilians who lost their lives on 9/11.
“The memories of that day are burned into the fabric of our nation and it is our responsibility to protect them for future generations,” says Narges. “I believe it is fitting to remember the words of Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in 2002, ‘If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.’”