In Bloomington this morning, politicians, firefighters, and residents gathered at city hall to remember the 9th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Bagpipers played and officials reflected on that tragic day. State representative Baron Hill was in Washington DC at the time of the attacks.
“The thing I remember the most is the first responders, watching those images on television of the firemen and policemen who were willing to go into that building knowing full well they may not come out,” said Hill.
State representative Peggy Welch said the remembrance offers an opportunity to stay involved in the community.
“We have no guarantees and so we need to remember every day is precious and so reach out and do something different and also when you see that policeman or fireman or ambulance driver, say thank you.”
Tania Daffron is a sergeant of the Bloomington Fire Department. She said 9/11 is a reminder to her and her colleagues that they too might not make it home.
“Those who can handle themselves in an emergency step up and take care of their community whether it’s their partner, patient, bystander, their crew, that’s how we serve and that’s how we choose to do it,” said Daffron.
Flags around the state and at the statehouse will fly at half staff tomorrow in honor of Patriot Day. The directive from President Barack Obama also asks all Americans to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m.