CCVESA Hosted a 20th Anniversary Remembrance of 9/11/2001
 
By CCVESA Liaison Liaison CCVESA
September 11, 2021
 

It was a beautiful, near cloud free, clear day with minimal breeze this morning in Westminster at the Carroll County Public Safety Training Center. The weather was very much similar to this on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The public, members of the County Government, officers of this great association, representatives from our 14 fire departments (many with equipment) gathered as Tower 3 raised a large United States of America flag over the 9/11 artifact enshrined at the entrance.

CCVESA VP Mott welcomed everyone.
Union Bridge FD Honor Guard opened with the posting of the colors followed by the invocation from Deacon Barnhart.
We paused for a moment of silence at 8:46 when a bell was rung to honor the first tower strike and again at 9:03 for the second tower strike.

Speakers included:
Colonel US Army (retired) Commissioner Edward Rothstein
CCVESA Past President Charles Simpson
Sheriff James Dewees
President Local IAFF 5184 Michael Karolenko
Director Carroll County Fire/EMS Michael Robinson
Commissioner Stephen Wantz

A wreath was laid on the memorial by a group led by VP Wentz
Pleasant Valley FD member Greg Wantz provided Taps
Piper Ivan Browning played Amazing Grace and escorted the UBFD Honor Guard as they retired the colors.

May we never forget and continue to make sure future generations understand how Americans come together to keep us safe and free.