Brantley Fire Department to hold 9-11 ceremony

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 14, 2004

No one will ever forget Sept. 11, 2001.

The images of three commercial airplanes smashing into New York's World Trade Center Towers and Washington D.C.'s Pentagon will continue to haunt us throughout our lives.

Saturday the Brantley Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department will honor those civilians and rescue personnel whom paid the ultimate sacrifice that day with a somber ceremony at 9 a.m. at the fire station.

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"We're holding the ceremony to commemorate the firemen who lost their lives in New York and to recognize our local heroes who go beyond the call of duty," Fire Chief Harry Driggers said.

Driggers will welcome the firemen and those on hand prior to beginning the ceremony with the Pledge of Allegiance. Jody Bentley, who's a fireman and is the director of missions for the Alabama/Crenshaw Baptist Association, will follow by leading the group in prayer.

Driggers will then make a speech regarding the events that took place on Sept. 11 as well as recognizing the public servants that have gone beyond the call of duty to help Brantley during times of need. He's also going to explain to those on hand what the multi-cross stands for, which is also known as the Badge of Honor.

"I want to help people understand what firemen are faced with everyday," Driggers said. " The multi-cross is a symbol of protection. It means that the firefighters that wear this cross are willing to lay down their lives for you. It's a badge of honor signifying that he or she works in courage and that he or she is a ladder rung away from death just like the firemen were in New York City."

The Woodmen of the World will also be on hand to present the department with a gift of appreciation.

"It makes us feel great that someone cares about their local heroes and is willing to give a gift of appreciation to them," Driggers said. "They have given us generators and flags in the past. It could be different this time or it could be one in the same. We just appreciate what they do for us. They've helped us a lot in the past."

The event is scheduled to last 20 minutes.