Augusta Fire Dept. plans 9/11 remembrance

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Augusta Fire and Emergency Management Chief Chris James announced today that the city’s fire department will host a ceremony to mark the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. The main ceremony will be held Sept. 11 at 8:30 a.m. at Fire Station No. 8 at 1898 Highland Ave. in Augusta.

“Each year,” said Chief James, “this anniversary reminds us that even in the darkest days of our lives, there is hope of a brighter tomorrow.”

Although the main ceremony will take place at Fire Station No. 8, similar ceremonies will be held simultaneously at all Augusta fire stations – except those at which personnel are responding to an emergency call. Crews from the Augusta Fire Department will lower the flag to half-staff for the ceremony.

Chief James invites Augusta residents to join fire staff at Fire Station  No. 8 or any station of their choice. He also invites all first responders, schools, veterans, veteran organizations and service organizations across the Augusta area to attend.

The event is open to all who wish to gather in remembrance of those who perished in the attacks. The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, claimed 2,996 lives, including 343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers.