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Henderson Fire Department hosting Sept. 11  Remembrance ceremony

Henderson Fire Department hosting Sept. 11 Remembrance ceremony

Bill Stephens, Web Editor

August 30th, 2019

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HENDERSON, KY, August 29, 2019– The Henderson Fire Department will host a “Henderson Will Never Forget Remembrance Ceremony” on Sept. 11.

The ceremony, which will honor firefighters who lost their lives in the World Trade Center attack on Sept. 11, 2001, will also pay tribute to three local firefighters and other First Responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

It will be hosted by the Henderson Professional Firefighters Honor Guard Inc. and will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Fire Station No. 3 (343 Starlite Drive), which is home to a 9-11 Memorial with a piece of steel from the World Trade Center.

The ceremony will include the presentation of the colors by the Henderson Professional Firefighters Honor Guard, the Pledge of Allegiance led by fifth-grade students from Bend Gate Elementary School, the singing of the National Anthem by the Henderson County High School Choir and remarks by keynote speaker Chief John Buckman. HFD Fire Chief Scott Foreman will be the host, and station and truck tours may follow the ceremony.

The Honor Guard has issued a special invitation and is working to locate family members of City of Henderson fallen firefighters James E. Walker (Oct. 6, 1936), Capt. Edgar F. Cohron  (April 19, 1954) and Everett F. Cecil (Dec. 3, 1966). If you are related, contact the Honor Guard with your information at 270-831-1270 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by email at HPFHonorGuard@outlook.com.

Firefighter Casey Howard, who is the chief organizer of the event as president of the Honor Guard, said the goal for the ceremony is to get the community — and especially local schoolchildren — involved in remembering not just those who perished on Sept. 11 but other fallen First Responders.

Essentially none of today’s elementary, junior high or high school students were even born when the World Trade Center attacks took place.

Howard was a freshman at Whitesville Trinity High School in Daviess County. His class had just completed a magazine drive, and one of the rewards for reaching the sales goal was a portable radio.

He and his classmates had just received their prizes when one of them put in his headphones and tuned in just in time to hear an anxious announcer report that the World Trade Centers had been attacked.

The rest of the day was spent watching the news as the tragic events continued to unfold and left a stunned nation in shock for days.

“Even as a freshman in high school I remember how serious it was,” Howard said, noting the emotion that today inspires him to keep the memory alive through such events as the Honor Guard’s “Henderson Will Never Forget Remembrance Ceremony.”

“We just don’t want the 343 firefighters who died to be forgotten,” he said, “or other First Responders. Hopefully this ceremony will become an annual event.”

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