Sarah Ford, AP Staff
A sunrise memorial service was held at the Erie Fire Station on Monday to honor those lost on September 11, 2001. The public service started at 6:30 a.m. with a procession of First Responders as a cold and steady rain fell. After the station’s American flag was lowered to half mast, smaller flags were placed in front of the fire station in honor of those who lost their lives that day:
AA Flight #11 – 92 people
United Flight #175 – 65 people
AA Flight #77 – 64 people
United Flight #93 – 45 people
Civilian losses at the World Trade Center – 2,666 people
Military and civilian personnel at the Pentagon – 125 people
First Responders – 343 firefighters and 6 EMT/Paramedics
Anyone else that has died from injuries suffered that day.
Derek Grant played Scotland the Brave, Flowers of the Forest, Amazing Grace, and Crimean Reveille on the bagpipes. Erie Fire Protection District members reflected on their mission to protect their communities, and to remember and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. The service concluded after prayers and a First Responder salute.