Members of the Bloomington community gathered Friday to commemorate the tragic events eight years prior.
Mayor Mark Kruzan spoke to the importance of providing education in trying to avoid tragic events like the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. “Soon we’ll have an entire generation who might not have any recollection, or perhaps not knowing much about September 11th.” Kruzan said. “It’s important for us to re-teach ourselves — and the next generation — mistakes that were made, things that led up to that tragedy itself, the loss of life and the kind of service first responders are providing to us.”
State Representative Peggy Welch attended the ceremony and said it’s important to take time to remember the nation’s history. “We’re here today with our police officers, firefighters, and first responders or emergency folks to say thank you for what you do daily for us. We also remember the sacrifices that have been made not only on September 11, 2001, but years before” she said.
343 firefighters lost their lives in the line of duty on 9/11. “It’s human nature to forget if we aren’t reminded,” Welch said. “So we took a few minutes today to say we remember and we won’t forget.”