Remembering 9/11 anniversary with ceremony
FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Communities across the country will be gathering on Saturday to mark the 20-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks that killed almost 3,000 people.
For some members of the Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire and Rescue, it's personal because they were there. And they will be marking the anniversary with a ceremony on Saturday.
“This year marks the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks on our nation in which 2,977 people were murdered in New York City, The Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001, in the largest terror attack in our country's history,” said LMVFR Chief Richie Constantino.
Constantino has been with the LMVFR for 20 years, serving as Chief for 10 and as Assistant Chief for five. He was also a firefighter in New York City.
“I served in New York for 30 years and as the Fire Chief for 18 years of those years,” he said. “If we do not keep the remembrance alive it will be just a matter of time before people will forget and not observe the sacrifices that were made, the heroics of the 343 members of FDNY who were murdered while saving lives that day and the great number of firefighters, and police officers who are still dying from the effects of working at Ground Zero. If they didn't do what they did, a lot more people would have perished.”
Members of the area fire department, rescue squad and water rescue will honor and commemorate the civilians, firefighters, police officers and EMTs who died in the attacks.
The memorial in the fire department's Memorial Garden started with a donated piece of granite and now includes a piece of steel from Tower 1.
It also includes tributes to Lake Monticello members who died in the line of duty in Fluvanna County in 1989 and U.S. Navy Seaman Dakota Rigsby, who was killed aboard the USS Fitzgerald in 2017.
A ceremony will be taking place this Saturday at 4 p.m. at the 9/11 Memorial Garden, which is located Slice Road in Palmyra.