Butte College 9/11 Memorial

Sep 11, 2011 8:31 PM

A moment of silence, in honor and remembrance, of those who lost their lives, ten years ago. Butte County Sheriff Jerry Smith says, "This is a very important day to all of us. To remember the events of September 11th."

Nearly a thousand north state firefighters, police officers, first responders, and community members, stood on the public safety training grounds of Butte College, Sunday morning.. To reflect the 2,977 lives lost, September 11th, 2001. Butte College Student Joe Thome says, "A lot of great people gave their life for this, so they deserve our respect and our remembrance. If you start forgetting things like this, you'll loose what makes us so great."

Many welled up with tears as speakers spoke about what victims must have felt, at 8:46a.m. a decade ago, as the first plane struck the north tower of the World Trade Center.. The beginning of the terrorist attacks that changed the nation, and the world forever..

Chico Resident Valerie Parsons says, "It was extremely devastating. And I'm extremely proud of the United States." The ceremony continued with a dedication, of nearly a ton of metal, from the north tower of the World Trade Center, permanently placed in Butte County. "I feel very strongly that this symbol at Butte College, where we train frequently to do our jobs, is a reminder to us to be prepared to do what we have to do, to be able to provide the service we can when we need to," says Butte County Fire, CalFire Unit Chief George Morris.

Retired Chico Police Chief Mike Dunbaugh says, "To be one of the first to do it and to do it in such a meaningful way that really is hinged on the future, as much, if not more than the past, means a lot to all of us."

The ceremony came to an end, with a fire bell ringing to mark the end of the ten-year anniversary of the attacks on 9-11. Chico State student Jessica Krieger says, "We should keep remembering what happened and let future generations know and remember." Sheriff Smith says, "We will never forget. We will truly remember it forever."


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