PLYMOUTH — Chief G. Edward Bradley and the Plymouth Fire Department are pleased to share a video highlighting the Town of Plymouth’s 20th Anniversary 9/11 Memorial Service.
In observance of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and in remembrance of those who lost their lives, the Plymouth Fire Department hosted a memorial service last weekend. The event was organized by Plymouth Fire Lieutenants Josh Soell and Josh Prada.
“The Plymouth Fire Department, in the past six years, has hired almost 70 new members,” Lt.Soell said. “It’s important to bring those people to this site. When you can do a 20 year memorial service where you can look around and most of the healing is done, you’re just satisfied to stand next to your brothers.”
The memorial service was held at the Town of Plymouth’s 9/11 memorial on Spooner Street. The 9/11 memorial site in Plymouth is the first memorial in the country to feature all the names of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.
The memorial service included a formation march with the Hollybriar Bagpipers, a ceremonial laying of a memorial wreath, singing of the national anthem and Pledge of Allegiance, a symbolical striking of a ‘5-5-5-5′ alarm on a ceremonial bell to remember the first responders who died in the line of duty on Sept. 11, 2001 and a moment of silence.
At the event, numerous state and local delegation members were in attendance including Congressman William R. Keating, State Sen. Susan Moran, State Rep. Steven Xiaros, State Rep. Kathleen LaNatra and Select Board Chair Dick Quintal.
Also in attendance was special guest Mike Kennedy who is a retired FDNY firefighter who responded to Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2001. At the ceremony, Kennedy read the firefighter’s prayer during the ceremony.
“I was stationed on Engine 21 during the attacks and lost my captain,” Kennedy said. “I’m really proud of this community and what they are doing. It’s a place for me to come.”
During the memorial service, the Town of Plymouth honored resident Jennifer Lynn Kane and William C. Hunt of Kingston. Kane grew up in West Plymouth and was 26 years old working on the 100th floor of the World Trade Center North Tower when hijackers deliberately crashed a passenger jet into the building on Sept. 11, 2001. Hunt was a bond broker for Eurobrokers working in the South Tower at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
Added Chief Bradley, “We thank everyone who joined us at our memorial service to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice and in memory of all the lives lost on that tragic day 20 years ago. It’s our duty to never forget the events of that day, and to see that sentiment instilled in the younger generations who may have not been alive on the day of the attacks is truly remarkable.”