Tuesday, September 11, 2012
On this 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, many Americans took time out of their day to remember the victims.
In Wichita, the Kansas Firefighters Museum joined others across the nation in a simultaneous ceremony to honor the emergency personnel and civilians who lost their lives in the attacks. About 200 people came together in a solemn remembrance of those tragic events.
Dottie Conboy is part of White Wings Over America, a group that organized the release of white doves in honor of Sept. 11 victims. At Tuesday's ceremony, her group released 80 doves, each one representing 37 people who killed.
"A total of 411 emergency workers who responded to the scene died as they attempted to rescue people and fight fires," said Conboy. "It is because of our first-line responders and their sacrifices they make each day that we are here to say thank you and to honor those lost on Sept. 11, 2001."
Wichita Firefighter Sid Newby says Sept. 11 will always be a special day for first responders.
"The big emphasis is why we celebrate, why we honor, why it means so much to us - because the responders that day went in and sacrificed all that they had, which was themselves, to save other people. That's what emergency services is all about," Wichita Firefighter Sid Newby said.
The ceremony also honored local firefighters who went to New York following the attacks to help fill depleted station houses.