9/11 Memorial Ceremony Held in Milton
September 11th, 10:12 PM EDT
MILTON, Del. - The Town of Milton, the Milton Volunteer Fire Department and VFW Broadkiln Post 6984 held the annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony in Milton Memorial Park on Wednesday night.
The fire department displayed the American Flag over the Broadkill River, the Dover Fire Pipes and Drums filled the air, and the flags were lowered to honor our fallen heroes who lost their lives when tragedy struck the World Trade Center 18 years ago.
Retired FDNY Cliff Stabner was at Ground Zero during 9/11. He says it's important to remember the first responders and also everyone else who was there too.
"I saw uncommon valor from uncommon people that day and those acts shouldn't be forgotten," he says.
The ceremony in Milton was held not only to honor the heroes from 9/11, but the first responders who still serve our local communities as well. People laid flowers by firefighter, police officer, and EMS gear that was laid out on a table at the service.
Milton Police Chief Robert Longo says this is a way to recognize how that tragic event brought out the best in America.
"Law enforcement, firefighters, EMS, civilians, everybody worked together for the victims and for their families," he says. "To me having the support of the Milton community is the greatest reward you could have."
Stabner agrees that 9/11 united us. He says this country needs to get back to September 12th, 2001.
"Churches were full, they were out of American flags at hardware stores, people were at Chick-fil-A or you weren't wearing Nike sneakers, none of it mattered," he says. "We were just all American and we were all united and we showed the world that we had the capability to do that and I think this country needs to go back to that again."
So as wreaths were lowered into the Broadkill River under the Star Spangled Banner, the community of Milton stood united, honoring our heroes for years to come.