Remembering 9-11 in Edmonds

Sep 11, 2017
Photo by: Brian Soergel Dave "Bronco" Erickson led the 9-11 ceremony in Edmonds, while Debbie Dawson played "Taps" and "Amazing Grace."

Firefighters, police, veterans, city officials and members of the public took time out in Edmonds on Monday, Sept. 11, to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks 16 years ago in in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The annual ceremony is held at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Park in front of Fire Station 17, 275 Sixth Ave. N.

The park features a memorial to the victims built around a 1-ton beam recovered from the collapsed World Trade Center. The beam, obtained by Snohomish County Fire District 1 in 2011, is supported by two stainless steel towers that sit above a pentagonal foundation.

Two stainless steel and glass walls honor the nearly 3,000 victims who were killed, including 343 firefighters, 60 police and 10 emergency medical services workers.

Four small trees surround the memorial, and pay tribute to the four airplanes lost in the attack.

The ceremony was hosted by International Association of Fire Firefighters Local 1828, representing employees of Snohomish County Fire District 1. The program featured the Fire District 1 Honor Guard; bugler Debbie Dawson, retired Edmonds Police Officer; a moment of silence; and speakers including Dave "Bronco" Erickson, instrumental in the memorial’s creation, and retired Fire District 1 Capt. Andy Speier, a former New York firefighter who returned to the city immediately following the Sept. 11 attack to assist with rescue efforts.

Mayor Dave Earling also spoke.

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