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Hundreds gather in Brunswick County for 9/11 motorcade

BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- Hundreds of people gathered in Brunswick County to show their appreciation to those who made the ultimate sacrifice six years ago today. A group called the Fire Department of New York-Carolina retirees association started a four-hour motorcade in 2002. The Fire Department of New York-Carolina retirees association is made up of former members of the New York City Fire Department. Local emergency vehicles, the American Legion, retired firefighters and many others rode in the motorcade. Many people said they take the trip to remember those who lost their lives. Retired New York City firefighter Bob Gustavson said, "There was a picture of a firefighter that wrote -- I'll never forget -- on the collapsed wall, and that's something that every firefighter in the New York City firefighter organization always has on their letter head: '343 Never Forger.' And we're not going to forget." The ride started at a church in north Myrtle Beach and finished at Brunswick Community College. There a ceremony took place to honor the 343 firefighters who died on September 11. Hundreds of people attended the service. Brunswick County Sheriff Ron Hewett and Emergency Management Director Randy Thompson shared their thoughts about the day. The ceremony included firefighter funeral traditions such as the playing of the taps, ringing of the four fives and laying of the wreath. People of all ages attended the memorial to pay their respects. Geoffrey Wahwuassuck was there to honor the fallen. He said, "Just to show support of our country and the firefighters that are here. They showed a lot of bravery going into the towers and saving everybody." During the service firefighters raised a flag that flew over ground zero during 9/11 recovery operations.

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