Stevensville 9/11 memorial set for Wednesday

The Stevensville fire and police departments, shown in this 2017 file photo, will host the 17th annual memorial to the first responders who lost their lives during the 9/11 terrorist attack on Wednesday, Sept. 11. 

For the 17th year, Stevensville’s fire and police departments will remember the first responders who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, as the result of a terrorist attack.

This year’s event will be held Wednesday at the Stevensville City Hall, due to renovations occurring at the community’s Veterans’ Park and the potential for inclement weather, said Stevensville Mayor Brandon Dewey.

Per tradition, the event starts with a silent procession of emergency and law enforcement vehicles down Stevensville’s Main Street beginning at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday. 

Following that, people will gather at City Hall where the 412 names of first responders and law enforcement officers who lost their lives during attack will be read. That portion of the event is set to begin at 11 a.m.

The names will be read followed by a “last alarm” bell being rung.

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Dewey said the bell symbolizes the end of a first responder’s watch and their last call for duty.

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“This is certainly a tradition that we have carried on year after year,” Dewey said. “The number of people who attend changes. I don’t expect to see a huge crowd, but there are always some who feel that it’s important to pay their respects and participate on some level.”

Members of the local American Legion will be in attendance.

“We usually see participation from surrounding emergency services, the sheriff’s office and surrounding fire departments,” he said. “I certainly think the organizations here feel this is something that’s important not just for our country, but also for our community.

“There is a special relationship between the fire department and police and the community that they serve,” Dewey said. “This is a way to bring all those pieces together.”