On September 11, about 1,000 spectators gathered at the USS Midway Museum in downtown San Diego to honor those killed in the terrorist attacks 20 years earlier.
Many people from the West Coast attended memorial ceremonies to recite the names of their deceased loved ones.
Retired battalion chief Don Forsyth of the Orange County Fire Authority told The Epoch Times that he had lost some of his closest friends on September 11, 2001, and that every year he would come to the ceremony to read the names of his friends aboard the USS Midway. and pay his respects.
When the devastating attacks occurred, Forsythe was managing a wildfire in Northern California.
“We gathered in a circle behind fire engines on the fire line and were watching someone’s two-inch by two-inch portable TV. When [one of the firefighters] Saw the towers coming down and he disappeared for 30 minutes… and he was crying on the back of a fire engine… to himself. That’s when he informed us that his brother should have worked in the building he had just visited,” Forsythe said.
“So we spent the whole day calling relatives, all 16 of us trying to locate my brother trying to help him get different phone numbers.”
Fortunately, his brother made him alive.
Forsyth said the 9/11 terrorist attacks brought the country closer together; However, the country has become more divided in recent years. “Twenty years later, we can use the same incident again, hopefully to try to unite the country,” Forsyth said.
Other attendees of the event shared similar sentiments with Forsythe.
Patrick Schuler, a retired firefighter, attended the event with his wife Nikki Schuler to read the names of fallen heroes.
“9/11 was a day that changed the normalcy. We became much more aware and the country stood behind ‘We Will Never Forget,'” Schuler told the Epoch Times.
Nikki Schuler said, “In the days and months after 9/11, everyone cared about everyone, and everyone was worried and scared and together to support each other, no matter what. Returns.”
“People don’t remember this anymore. They forgot that we are all different but we can all get along,” he said.
The memorial ceremony was organized by New York City Fire Department retirees from San Diego, along with the USS Midway Museum, the National City Fire Department and the Wounded Warrior Project.
Several guest speakers from these organizations spoke at the event and paid tribute to the first responders and airline employees who lost their lives on 9/11.
San Diego Fire Department Chief Colin Stowell thanked people for sharing memories of 9/11 and said it is important for today’s younger generation to know what happened on that fateful morning. Stowell said that active terrorism was meant to tear America apart, but instead Americans come together as a stronger and more glorious nation.
Rice Hawkes and his wife brought their young children to the memorial ceremony. Hawks said Americans should never forget the sacrifices that first responders have made. When asked how he would tell his kids about the 9/11 attacks, Hawkes said he would eventually tell them all the details. Hawks said, “The good, the bad and the ugly—all of it.”
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times