Surrey Firefighters say this year, Sept. 11 will be a “day of remembrance” for the firefighters and other emergency workers who perished in the 2001 New York terrorist attack.
Since this is the 10-year anniversary of that event, Surrey firefighters will conduct a ceremony in honour of their U.S. colleagues.
“We will always remember the response of firefighters on Sept.11, 2001, and never forget the sacrifices they made,” said Surrey Fire Fighters’ Association president Chris Keon in a news release.
“The 290,000 members of the International Association of Fire Fighters, with the direction of FDNY members, have decided that Sept. 11 will always be a Day of Remembrance for fallen firefighters everywhere.”
Many firefighters perished in the past year from traumatic incidents and even more have succumbed to occupational-related illness such as heart and lung disease and occupational cancers.
“Our ceremony is dedicated to those who have fallen and to those who carry on,” Keon said.
This year’s ceremony will muster at the west end of Holland Park (near Old Yale Road and Whalley Ring Road) near the new statue.
The ceremony will start at 9 a.m. There will be a few brief comments from Keon and a wreath presented by the honour guard.
All other Surrey fire stations will conduct a minute of silence at 9:11 a.m. to allow for those on duty, who cannot make it to the ceremony at Holland Park, to participate in the day of remembrance.
The ceremony is open to all uniformed personnel from emergency services and invited guests to participate, and open to members of the public to attend.
For more information, call Keon at 604-309-1755.