Both Plympton and Halifax first responders stood at attention while remembering those who were lost 18 years ago.
Plympton’s Fire Chief Stephen Silva led them out to the flag for a 10 a.m. service Wednesday morning.
Halifax Fire Chief Jason Viveiros led his department to the strains of bagpipes played by Nathan Campbell, the tolling of the bell by Firefighter Schindler, the reading of the 9/11 timeline detailing the flights of the three planes by Captain Cunngham, and the recitation of “The Firefighters’ Prayer” by Lieutenant Hogan.
Tolling the bell, Chief Viveiros explained, likely had its origins back in history when bells were necessary to communicate over a distance. Tolling four sets of five tones signals the death of a firefighter.
In Plympton, the bell ceremony was lead by Captain John Sjostedt. Firefighters Steve Galambos and Shannon Worton lowered the flag.
Plympton photos by Stephanie Spyropoulos
Halifax photos by Deb Anderson