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September 8th, 2009
9-11 remembrance scheduled for City Hall

STAFF REPORT

The City of San Marcos is holding a remembrance service to honor the lives that were lost in the terrorist attacks of on Sept. 11,, 2001. The ceremony will be held on Sept. 11 in front of City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins Street. The public is invited to attend.

Attendees may bring flowers to place throughout the day in the 9-11 memorial wreath beside the fire bell in front of City Hall.

An honor guard of San Marcos fire rescue firefighters, a flag ceremony and a moment of silence are included in the program. Mayor Susan Narvaiz will read a proclamation.

A presentation of three U.S. flags flown in Iraq this summer, as well as certificates from the 100th Battalion, 442 Regiment, will be presented by Jude Prather, a veteran of the Iraqi War. The flags will be presented to Mayor Susan Narvaiz, Fire Chief Les Stephens and Police Chief Howard Williams.

One significant part of the program will be the tolling of the bell. During the bell ceremony, three sets of five (5-5-5) will be sounded by a firefighter. Traditionally the  tolling of the bell means there has been a death in the fire department. The bell, used as a “return to quarters” signal in the past, signifies that the firefighters are sending a fallen comrade home to his final resting place.

On this date each year, San Marcos Fire and Rescue conducts a flag ceremony using the flag that flew over San Marcos City Hall on Sept. 11 2001.

On Sept. 11 at 8:45 a.m., a hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan. A second hijacked aircraft, United Airlines Flight 175, stuck the south tower at 9:03 a.m. A third hijacked plane, American Airlines Flight 77, struck the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, at 9:43 a.m. The fourth hijacked plane, United Airlines Flight 93, crashed in a field in Somerset County, PA, at 10:10 a.m. after passengers wrestled control from the hijackers. In all, approximately 3,000 people perished.

Friday’s ceremony commemorates those who lost their lives on hijacked flights. It also memorializes the firefighters, police officers, EMS personnel, citizens and volunteers who perished when the twin towers burned and crumbled, as well as those who died in the heroic rescue efforts.

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