Sunday September, 11 2011
Nature: 9/11 Memorial Service
Location: American Legion Post #28
On Sunday, September 11, 2011, the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company was pleased to participate in the 9/11 Memorial Service at the American Legion Post #28 @ 11 a.m.
This event was designated to remember the terrorism attacks against the United States on 09/11/2001. The event was attended by many national, state and local American Legion dignitaries as well as state and county elected officials including but limited to State Senator Joseph W. Booth; State Representative John C. Atkins, Sussex County Clerk of the Peace George Parrish and Indian River’s President and Deputy Chief.
Indian River was asked to address the congregation from an emergency responders perspective. Identified herewith was the offered commentary…
“Good morning, Legionnaires and Distinguished Guest…
Thank you for the opportunity to speak and remember the fallen emergency response personnel as well as families, crews and passengers of the fateful airliners with the 9-11 terrorist acts.
September 11, 2001 will be forever remembered as a day that shook the foundations of our largest buildings and families, but this date did not touch the foundation of the United States of America and the emergency response services.
As first responders, we will always remember these acts against our brothers and sisters in the emergency service environment. We will always remember where we were on September 11, 2001 and we will always remember how we felt – the emptiness in our hearts, our desire to locate our loved ones, and the desire to re-act.
We will remember the sudden end that these despicable acts of terror brought amongst us.
As first responders, we will cherish the brotherhood that these acts attempted to deteriorate and destroy.
As first responders, we will continue to honor our lost loved ones.
As first responders we will continue to respond to those in need.
As first responders, we will never forget the brotherhood that holds the fabric of America together.
Today (09/11/2011), as first responders participate in numerous memorial services throughout the states and within the State of Delaware remembering the loved ones that perished as a result of these acts – we recognize the continual suffering and grief that lingers on.
We ask for your thoughts and prayers to the families, friends and loved ones that have given so much.
Today (09/11/2011), we remember the basic principles that the United States of America is built upon with democracy and freedom reigning high and that no act of terrorism can dismantle this foundation.
In closing, thank you for this opportunity, thank you for our troops and military service personnel, thank you to the first responders and may God Bless our Service and Emergency Response Personnel forever more.”