The Nation is still losing first responders from exposure to the dangerous toxins at ground zero over the days and months following the horrific event. Americans should never forget the brave men and women who responded to the attack nor the terrorists who broke our hearts but not our Spirit.

Clermont Fire and Police Departments host a 9/11 Memorial Tribute

America will never forget 9/11. Our hearts were broken but not our spirit

Posted by South Lake Tablet on Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Clermont Police and Fire Departments hosted a moving 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at Clermont Arts and Recreation Center. The solemn event was a stirring and memorable tribute to the first responders to the horrific terrorist attack.

The ceremony began with opening remarks from Fire Chief Carle Bishop.  Chaplain Rev. Brian Braddock provided the invocation.

Clermont will always remember the fallen Heroes of 9/11

Singer Rob Nichols stirred emotions at the 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at Clermont Performing Arts Center

Posted by South Lake Tablet on Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Rob Nichols, a singer, well-known to Clermont, emotionally charged the audience with a rendition of “I’m Proud To Be An American” and the National Anthem; followed by the presentation of the colors by the Clermont Fire, Police, and Sea Cadets Honor Guards.

The Ceremonial Bell struck three times, a tradition for over 200 years in memory of those who have selflessly given their lives for the good of their fellow man. Assistant Chief Bill Harrison made introductions and Police Chief Charles Broadway, an on-site first responder at the Twin Towers, welcomed those who attended and called to mind those heroes who since passed.

Guest speaker Patricia Valentine, daughter of the late Police Officer Ronald G. Becker Jr., discussed her vivid memories of that tragic day; the fear of not knowing if her dad was safe, and the confusion and joy when he came home covered in ash and filth.  Michael J. Saxe, a first responder at the Twin Towers spoke of the same dread, sadness, and confusion experienced by himself and his team.

Clermont Mayor Gail Ash reflected on 9/11 before the somber ceremony concluded with a 21-gun salute by the Marine Corps League, Sgt. I.W. Hatcher Jr. Detachment #1120 and Taps played by Allen Venezio of Clermont Middle School Band Director.

Clermont 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

Clermont Will Never Forget. 9/11 Memorial Ceremony with 21 Gun Salute -Marine Corps League Sgt. I. W. Hatcher Jr. Detachment #1120 and Taps by Allen Venezia, Clermont Middle School Band Director. 9/11 Memorial Ceremony.

Posted by South Lake Tablet on Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Those honored and participants in the ceremony

Clermont Will Never Forget 9/11 and its Heroes

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Sonny’s BBQ provided the refreshments after the ceremony.