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9/11 Remembrance Ceremony Town of leesburg va

Early on the morning of September 11, 2018, a handful of members from the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company arrived at Station Number 1 on Loudoun Street. Some wore formal uniforms, some were dressed for duty crew, and all felt a somber weight upon them. The normal fire house chatter was missing as the firefighters prepared to leave - It was time once again to commemorate the attacks of September 11th, 2001.

9/11 means different things to different people. Everyone remembers where they were when they heard the news because what happened that day changed us forever. For many it was sorrow for a loved one, friend or relative lost in New York City, on a plane in Shanksville, PA., at the Pentagon, or in the wars that followed. In the fire service, we remember the immense grief of losing 343 of our Brother firefighters when the Twin Towers collapsed. As first responders we also remember the 71 law enforcement members, 8 EMT’s and one member of the FDNY Fire Patrol who lost their lives in the attack. Since then, hundreds of first responders have died of injuries, disease, and suicide related to 9/11, all who shall not be forgotten.

Capt. James Fazekas and Lt. Rick Etter prepare to toll the bell on Tanker 601 in remembrance of those lost on 9/11.

At 8:30 we joined the LCFR staff from Leesburg Station 20 and command staff, representatives the Town of Leesburg and the County of Loudoun, the Leesburg Police Department and the Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue Squad, at Freedom park to pay tribute to all who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Mayor Burke's speech reminded us all how important it is that we never forget those who were lost.

Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk addresses those gathered at the ceremony.

LVFC Assistant Chief Jim Cook and Leesburg Police Chief Gregory Brown assisted the Mayor in laying a wreath at the Freedom Memorial.

Asst. Chief Jim Cook, Mayor Kelly Burk, and Chief of Police Gregory Brown pay their respects after laying a wreath during the ceremony.

The ceremony then observed a moment of silence followed by the tolling of the bell and closed with the playing of Taps.

Wreath laid during the remembrance ceremony in Freedom Park.

The Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company would like to thank the Town of Leesburg and Mayor Burke for hosting this remembrance. Afterward, it was remarked that every year these 9/11 ceremonies get smaller and smaller as the memory of that day fades.

Lt. Etter, Chief Cook, and Capt. Fazekas in Freedom Park.

As first responders it is our duty to remember all of the those who made the ultimate sacrifice and we appreciate all who attended and paid tribute to those who were lost.

Career and Volunteer members of the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue Service in Freedom Park.

Text by Capt. James Fazekas, Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company.

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