A moment of silence

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Fire station personnel remember Sept. 11, 2001 with a ceremony

By Kirsten Laskey

Gov. Bill Richardson proclaimed today Patriot Day and in an act of national pride the Los Alamos Fire Department held a ceremony at Fire Station 1 this morning.

Personnel from Fire Station 1 and 5 bowed their heads in remembrance of what transpired eight years ago on Sept. 11, 2001.

The 2,966 lives that were lost that day when the planes crashed into the World Trade Center and in Pennsylvania were honored with a moment of silence.

Additionally, Chaplain Jeff Eichorst provided a prayer, firefighter Keith Henry performed on the bagpipes and a recording of “Taps” was played.

The ceremony wasn’t just to mourn the firefighters and civilians who had died that day but to show appreciation to the military fighting overseas.

Fire Chief Doug Tucker said it was a good opportunity to get together to honor those who had given the ultimate sacrifice to their country and Battalion Chief Richard Garcia commented the ceremony is held every year to “reflect and remember what took place on Sept. 11.”