Students, government officials and community members gathered Tuesday morning to be part of the Glasgow Fire Department’s 9/11 anniversary ceremony in which it unveiled the department’s new 9/11 Emergency Responders Memorial.
Glasgow Fire Chief Tony Atwood, who decided in 2005 that he wanted to bring a piece of World Trade Center steel to Glasgow and build a memorial, said it was both a moment of pride and relief to finally unveil the memorial.
“It’s been a lot of work to get this done, so seeing that done is really a relief,” Atwood said.
The crowd was better than he envisioned, Atwood said. South Green Elementary, which has hosted a Patriot’s Day 9/11 ceremony on each anniversary of Sept. 11, was invited to join the fire department in leading the program. Students sang patriotic songs, presented thank-you posters to local branches of emergency responders and law enforcement and presented the fire department with a check for the $648 their homerooms collected in pennies to donate to the memorial. Mayor Rhonda Trautman, state Sen. David Givens and Joe Williams, representative of the governor’s office, spoke to the crowd about the memorial and the day that started it all.
“We’re so happy and I’m so proud of everyone who put this memorial together,” Trautman said. “I hope today will be something we always keep in our mind.”
As nearly all of the South Green students were not yet born on Sept. 11, 2001, Williams said he loves to see the children learning about the event, but hopes they never have to experience anything similar.
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