A touching memorial service took place at SLO’s Fire Station #1 on Sept. 11 dedicated to those who lost their lives as a result of three coordinated terrorist acts some 16 years ago.
As is becoming traditional since the dedication of the permanent monument at the firehouse, the service culminated in a rose ceremony in which members of the community placed white roses on an I-beam salvaged from the World Trade Center wreckage.
In the years that the steel has been exposed to the elements in SLO, rust has streaked the concrete display platform, but the wear of time is not as obvious as the marks left on it the day that it fell back to Earth. The permanent memorial around the 1,500-pound beam consists of 403 metal posts in a semi-circle both red and blue, representing the 403 emergency workers who died in the attack on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001.
A special guest at this year’s event was Robert Booth, a volunteer fire fighter who was at ground zero in the aftermath of the attack and has kept his FDNY hat from that day with him all these years. His group was credited with finding some 10 people in the rubble.
The ceremony featured bagpipes, student singers from San Luis Coastal Unified School District, artwork by 5th graders, and the reading of a poem that won an 8th-grade writing contest.
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