DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The city of Dothan and Houston County came together Saturday morning to reflect on the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001.
This Patriot’s Day ceremony began with the Dothan Fire Chief taking the last lap of the 24 hour stair climb, as a symbol of their vow to never forget the events that happened on that faithful day.
“We vowed as a nation 20 years ago that we would never forget,” Dothan Deputy Fire Chief, Chris Etheredge said. “We as first responders, we as a community, and us as a nation still remember and appreciate what was done that day.”
During the ceremony, officials and first responders from the city, Houston County, and the state paid tribute to those lives lost two decades ago.
But as Chief Master Sergeant Brian Bischoff, who was working at the Pentagon that tragic day, says those events led to the unexpected within our nation.
“Something unintended happened, something the bad guys did not expect,” Bischoff said. “We came together and rose a nation from the ashes. We dropped our barriers, and stopped focusing on what made us different but instead focused on what made us the same.”
As the citizens of Dothan paid tribute and remembered the 2,996 lives lost, they also remembered to never take anything for granted.
“We never know when is our last time,” Dothan Citizen, Sherry Pickett said. “So never take anything for granted, especially life.”