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September 11th, 2008
San Marcos Remembers

An interview with Mayor Narvaiz can be listened to below:

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The Remembrance Ceremony took place in front of City Hall to honor the lives lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Seven years ago at 8:45 a.m. American Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center and a second hijacked aircraft, Flight 175, struck the south tower of the World Trade Center at 9:03 a.m. The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, was also hit by Flight 77 at 9:43 a.m. and a fourth aircraft, Flight 93, collided in a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania at 10:10 a.m.”It’s important to remember, and by setting the example, there is always time to take a moment and think about people that have sacrificed their lives, planned or unplanned, and how it impacts our country and our everyday life,” said San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz.

The Tolling of the Bell Ceremony was sounded by a firefighter, which consisted of three sets of five chimes each. In a handout passed out at the Remembrance Ceremony it stated, “The Tolling of the Bell Ceremony is a tradition at a fallen firefighter’s funeral. During the tour of a firefighter’s shift a bell, which has now given way to a more modernized alerting system, sends the signal that a call for help is needed. Day in and day out firefighters all over the world place themselves in harm’s way to protect the lives and property of their fellow man. At the conclusion of the alarm, it was the bell that would signify that the call was complete and the units would be returning to quarters. This returning to quarters signal, the tolling of the bell, is now the means of sending a fallen firefighter home to their final resting place. They are returning to quarters for the last time. Their tour has been completed.”

The San Marcos Fire Rescue held a flag ceremony, where the 9-11 Flag was raised over City Hall. This flag was flying over City Hall on September 11, 2001 and has been preserved to fly only on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Councilman Chris Jones lead the Pledge of Allegiance and Narvaiz then requested a moment of silence. All City Council members and several City Government employees, along with the public, placed flowers on the 9-11 Memorial Wreath that stood beside the Fire Bell in front of City Hall.

“It’s important that we record history,” Said Narvaiz. “Like any other event, whether it’s something that you celebrate or something that brought great sadness to our nation, we have to do things like this to preserve it in our future generation’s memories, so they will know where they came from and they will maybe understand better why they are where they’re at in that time in history, and use that information to make better judgments and decisions toward the future.”

By ANDY SEVILLA
Correspondent

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