The Salina Fire Department Thursday morning paused to remember the events of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
A crowd, including a large group of Salina Police Officers, gathered in front of Salina Fire Station #1 to be a part of the event.
The fire department honor guard anchored the ceremony, marching out to the flagpole, standing at attention the entire time, and then retiring the colors at the end. In between, several symbolic remembrances were held. Dispatch toned out a memorial, all units at all stations pulled out onto the front pad with emergency lights on for 1 minute, a last alarm of 3 rings, 3 times on a bell was sounded, and there was a moment of silence.
Saline Fire Chief Larry Mullikin briefly spoke. He highlighted a timeline of the events of September 11th. Mullikin concluded that though it was a terrible day, we can take hope from the actions of those who responded.
The event ended with the “Fireman’s Prayer”, and the honor guard retiring the colors.
The ceremony in Salina was one of many around the country, as Americans remember those killed 13 years ago in the terror attacks. In New York City, relatives of those killed at the World Trade Center gathered at ground zero, reading the names of the victims. There’s was also a ceremony at the Pentagon. And in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, a Congressional Gold Medal was awarded to the 40 passengers and crew who died as they fought with terrorists for control of the plane that crashed in a field.