On the 9th anniversary of 9-11, people gathered to reflect and remember those lost. And with pain and sadness still heavy in the air, Division Chief Bill Hack pledged to make sure those killed on that fateful day will never be forgotten. "We pledge to never forget the bravery that it took from not just the paid personnel, but the civilians" said Hack.
Early Saturday morning Chico firefighters, Chico residents and several law enforcement and emergency personnel gathered for the ceremony. A moment of silence was given for those who perished, and the families who were left behind picking up the pieces. "When you talk to the victims families, there's never closure, there's not a day that goes by that they don't remember these events" Hack explained.
The death toll of the attacks was 2,996. Among the dead, 21 year old Nicole Carol Miller of Chico. Her parents, Catherine and David Miller. "You're in shock that this happened, and then your daughter's not coming home because of it" the Millers explained. Nicole was one of 40 passengers who died on Flight 93. The plane crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers tried to regain control from the terrorists who hijacked it. The Millers say September 11th Memorials like this one are crucial in keeping those memories alive. "Because of these folks we have our freedom and we get to congregate like this and remember those that we lost" the Millers said.
And while it may be painful to remember, Nicole will always live on in the Millers heart's. The Millers say that "With the reminder comes the remembrance".