On Wednesday, Sept. 11, North Metro Fire Rescue District, the Broomfield Police Department and the City and County of Broomfield will hold their annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at the Broomfield Amphitheater in Community Park. The fire district seeks anyone who has a close connection to the 9/11 attacks to share their stories, either leading up to the event or as part of the ceremony.
The ceremony will take place at 8 a.m. and is free and open to the public.
“We’re fortunate to have a memorial with steel from the fallen Twin Towers that serves as a physical reminder of a day in our nation’s history that impacted all of us,” said North Metro Fire Chief David Ramos. “Now, more than ever, it’s important to reflect on the unity, compassion and strength that brought citizens together in the midst of tragedy.”
The ceremony will begin at the Broomfield Amphitheater at 3 Community Park Road with brief remarks and will include a combined Honor Guard service from the Broomfield Police and North Metro Fire as well as special music.
Attendees will then process over to the 9/11 Memorial where the flag will be lowered and presented, and a ceremonial bell will be rung to remember each of the three sites attacked. Adjoining the memorial grounds on Spader Way, two fire engines will raise their ladders together and display an American flag in remembrance.
Close to 3,000 people died during the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001 and hundreds more have died since due to health complications from exposure to toxins at the scene. Of those lives lost on Sept. 11, over 400 were firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency services providers.
North Metro Fire encourages any area residents who were involved in the 9/11 attacks, rescue and recovery operations or who lost loved ones to contact North Metro Fire Public Information Officer Sara Farris at (303) 252-3017 or firstname.lastname@example.org.