9/11 anniversary marked with local ceremonies
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Residents throughout South Florida are remembering the victims of Sept. 11 Wednesday morning.
Several dozen firefighters and police officers from local departments in Miami-Dade County gathered at Tropical Park to pay their respects to those who lost their lives on Sept. 11.
Their focus was on those 400 first responders who lost their lives that day. Their names were read one-by-one at the event.
Officials laid wreaths in honor of those who paid the ultimate price, one to represent police officers and another to represent firefighters.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Dave Downey said, "On this day, I try to remember. I try to never forget the sacrifices that were made, all of the people who lost their lives. All three tragedies, at the Trade Center, at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. It's especially personal to me because I lost friends, people that I have worked with, that I trained with."
In another ceremony at the Miami Police College, Miami's Police Chief joined Mayor Tomas Regalado to unveil art honoring the men and women who lost their lives.
In Downtown Miami, students and staff at Law Enforcement Officers Memorial High School teamed up with Miami-Dade Youth Commission to remember the nearly 3,000 people who died.
Meanwhile, in Broward County, a Patriot's Day ceremony was held at the Pembroke Pines City Center Memorial at 8:30 a.m.
Several speeches were given along with musicians performing in honor of those who lost their lives. "All those countless and thousands, who suffered the loss of a parent, child, husband, wife, mother or a friend, whose lives were changed forever, today we should also remember, honor and mourn the 4,488 patriotic young men and woman who died in Iraq," said one speaker.
A brief remembrance ceremony was also held at the restored Fire Museum in Fort Lauderdale at 9:30 a.m.
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