Toledo Fire District to hold 9/11 memorial event | News

In honor of the first responders who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, the Toledo Fire Department will hold a memorial ceremony on the morning of the 20th anniversary of the event next month.

The ceremony begins at 8:46 a.m. at Toledo’s Memorial Field, the same time – without taking into account the three-hour time zone difference – the 9/11 attacks.

The ceremony includes a paint guard, flag display and bell ringing for the fallen, as well as a 21-gun salute from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Toledo Police Department law enforcement officers, subject to availability.

Following the ceremony, Toledo Mayor Rod Cross, Toledo Fire Chief Larry Robeson, Police Chief Michael Pace and Pacific West General Manager Jeff Mathia will give speeches about the event and its impact on first responders in the two decades since.

“It has been 20 years and I think with the position our country is in now, it is a good time to remember and come together to remember what we have learned from those days “Said Lance Simonds, chaplain for the Toledo Fire Department. “We learned some really bad lessons, but we also learned how to come together as a community and as a nation. I hope this inspires us as a community to reflect on this day while we show our colors together with our community members. “

The ceremony is expected to last an hour and the stadium and grass pitches will be open, but it is recommended that you bring your own chair or sit in your vehicle. Participants are asked to be seated by 8.30 a.m. All attendees are asked to bring a mask and follow social distancing guidelines.

After the ceremony, the memorial will remain at Memorial Field for the remainder of the day, with a fire engine, police car, and ambulance stationed there unless they are needed for calls. There will also be an array of 412 flags representing each of the first responders who died on September 11th. Simonds encourages anyone who does not make it to the morning ceremony to watch the field all day to pay their respects.

While the event primarily honors those who died on September 11, Simonds hopes it will also inspire Lincoln Counties to continue to support their own emergency responders in fighting the ongoing pandemic.

“It’s also an event for our current first responders to remind them that we love them,” Simonds said. “We want to let you know that there are people here who still love you and stand behind you.”

The Siletz Fire District is invited to attend the Toledo event, while North Lincoln Fire & Rescue will host an internal event and the Newport Fire Department will hoist a flag in City Hall.

“Everyone is invited. This includes all citizens, members of other authorities and all other members of the community, ”said Simonds. “However, we plan to take COVID into account and keep them all far enough apart.”

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