Thu September 12, 2013
Delmarvans Mark 12th Anniversary of Sept. 11th Attacks
The Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club marked the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon yesterday with a parade down the Ocean City Boardwalk.
There were more than 200 motorcycles that made their way from 26th Street to the firefighter memorial at North Division Street.
Parade organizer and Red Knights member John Tartufo is a firefighter from Bishopville.
He told the Salisbury Daily Times that the parade is meant to make sure people never forget what happed that day when New York City lost 343 firefighters as they rushed to save the lives of people trapped in the World Trade Center Towers.
Gary Chaney of the Branchville Maryland Fire Department…which was sent to the Pentagon on that day observed that when people were running out of the towers the firefighters were running in.
In Salisbury the Fire Department held its annual remembrance ceremony.
The program began with the tolling of the bell 20 times that was once used by firefighters before the advent of radios communication.
Lt. Doug Parker told the gathering that the country must remember those how died and the courage of those who gave their lives to save others.
At the Middletown High School in Delaware Tabitha Callahan is a cadet chief master sergeant in the school Junior ROTC. She led a memorial ceremony in full dress and raised the American flag to half-staff as a bugler played Taps.
Daniel Alvarez, a retired Air Force major, who is a teacher and leader for the program at Middletown High, told the Wilmington News Journal that the memory of the event that killed 3-thousand people in New York must not be forgotten.