Lexington joins the country in remembrance of 9/11 attacks
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Families of victims and survivors gathered for services Tuesday in remembrance of the nearly 3,000 lives lost during 9/11. On the incident’s 17th anniversary, Lexington joined the country in memoriam.
At the University of Kentucky, ROTC students planted miniature American flags and read names of all those who died that day. In downtown Lexington, police and firefighters chose to honor the first responders who served that day.
"This is a memory that will never leave. It must never leave,” said retired firefighter C.A. Shelley.
During Tuesday’s ceremony at Phoenix Park, police and firefighters shared memories of where they were at the time of the attacks.
"Even though I was here in Kentucky, my first response was, I got to get to New York. I got to get to DC,” said Lexington Police Chief Lawrence Weathers.
First responders read poems, lowered the flags and presented a commemorative wreath at the ceremony today. As they reflected on 9/11, some chose to think about what that moment means for first responders.
"First responders have to be aware that danger is there. We have to be vigilante. We have to stay alert, and we have to be ready,” said Weathers.
Of the nearly 3,000 people who died during the 9/11 attacks, more than 400 were firefighters, police officers and emergency workers.