The Beverly Hills community honored the memory of the thousands of people who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks 18 years ago during Wednesday’s annual remembrance ceremony outside the Beverly Hills Fire Station.
“For all of us, the events of September 11, 2001, will forever live in our memories and we come together this evening to commit to never forget,” Fire Chief Greg Barton said to the more than 100 people in attendance at the somber ceremony.
A more intimate commemoration with first responders, city officials and a handful of residents began the day at the cusp of sunrise, marking the time when the first tower fell.
In addition to traditional elements such as the laying of the wreath, an honor guard presentation, the ringing of the bell, the playing of bagpipes and alternating buglers playing “Taps,” Fire Engineer Chad Beery sang songs in musical tribute to the fallen.
“We have a deep gratitude to those brave public safety officers and citizens, many of whom perished that day, for their strength and determination that still inspires us,” said Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli. “We also have a responsibility to teach the next generation the history of this day.”