WILMINGTON (WWAY) — The Wilmington Fire Department held a remembrance ceremony at the Empie Park Fire Station on Wednesday morning for those who lost their lives in 9/11.
Firefighters, police, EMS, and members of the military wore their uniforms.
As the ceremony opened, guests bowed their heads in prayer for the 343 first responders who sacrificed their lives that day.
The fire department’s honor guard placed a wreath beside the fallen firefighter memorial and rang a bell as they gave a salute.
Eryn Walasin is a former UNCW student who says her godfather was one of the battalion chiefs to respond to the World Trade Center. She says he developed mesothelioma and died several years later.
Walasin explains why we should never forget.
“It’s important for everybody to know what these men and women put their life on the line for everyday,” Walasin said. “Not just in New York City, but here in Wilmington and around the nation.”
Walasin also says her godfather’s son still works for the fire department in New York. She says it is important to take a moment to remember and salute the people who put their lives on the line everyday.