9/11 memorial planned for Sunday, First Responders Day – Salisbury Post

9/11 memorial planned for Sunday, First Responders Day

Published at 00:01 Thursday 8 September 2022

SALISBURY — September 11 was declared a national holiday in 2017, and the city, which designated Sunday as “First Responders Day,” will hold its annual memorial service at 8:30 a.m. at 5 Fire Station on South Main Street.

The department dedicated an expanded Salisbury-Rowan Firefighter’s Memorial at Station 5 on the first anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack on America. Since then, the department has held an anniversary service each year to commemorate the first responders and citizens who lost their lives on that day in New York, Washington, DC, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. They also pay tribute to Rowan County first responders who have died over the past year.

According to a proclamation by Mayor Karen Alexander, the city’s fire department has “90 full-time employees working out of six stations … and the police department has 69 sworn positions,” all of which deserve recognition and thanks, as of September 11. but also every day. “Their vision is to create an environment where citizens and visitors feel safe in all parts of the city.”

“We encourage our community to take the time to show first responders and their families how much we appreciate their service to our cities, counties and states,” Alexander said. “I further recognize that recognition of service and sacrifice, both in the past and in what is to come, can be accomplished through small acts of kindness and simple words of praise.”

The memorial service is open to the public and will include a Color Guards presentation, a roll call by fallen members, and the laying of a wreath at the memorial to honor all fallen first responders.

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