FORT RUCKER, Ala. (WDHN) — Twenty years ago 412 first responders lost their lives in the tragic and horrifying event known as 9/11.
On September 11, 2001 those men and women paid the ultimate sacrifice to save the innocent lives that were caught in the crossfire of the terrorist attacks.
Now, in remembrance of their sacrifice and lives lost, Fort Rucker’s Directorate of Public Safety held a ceremony and memorial walk in their honor.
“It’s hard to believe that 20 years have gone by so fast, so much has happen since that time,” Fort Rucker Director of Public Safety, Lt. Col. Phil Lenz said. “So this is our chance as a first responder organization to really take a look and memorialize those that died on that tragic day 20 years ago.”
The ceremony began with the fire fighter’s ringing the bell, which reflects respect and honor to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, and ended with a Medevac helicopter flying in the flag that was used in the 2 mile memorial walk.
As we reflect on the past 2 decades since that faithful day, we recognize how the 9/11 events still affects us today.
“I’ll tell you 9/11 will continue reverberate and affect us for a long time,” Lt. Col. Lenz said. “We’ve seen from a national perspective with what our military has done. But I think more so it’s really solidified for us as who we are as a fire responders organizations and what we do.”