Remembrance and restoration: 9/11/2019

The 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks remembered during ceremony outside Vancouver city hall

VANCOUVER — Fourteen firefighters will soon be added to the ranks of the New York City Fire Department. Each of them lost a father in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center 18 years ago today. Now, they are carrying on their legacy and inspiring others to do the same.

The Vancouver Police and Fire Honor Guards are shown here proceeding to post the colors. Photo by Jacob Granneman
The Vancouver Police and Fire Honor Guards are shown here proceeding to post the colors. Photo by Jacob Granneman
The Vancouver Police and Fire Honor Guards opened the ceremony by posting the colors and saluting. Photo by Jacob Granneman
The Vancouver Police and Fire Honor Guards opened the ceremony by posting the colors and saluting. Photo by Jacob Granneman

Such was one of the stories shared with all who came to the Patriot Day Salute ceremony in Vancouver hosted by the Community Military Appreciation Committee (CMAC) and Waste Connections. 

The Vancouver Fire Department (VFD) and the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) also participated in the event, lending their reverence and perspectives of honor to every person present.

Following VFD Division Chief Tom O’Connor’s remarks on the NYC firefighters following after their parents, VPD Officer Rey Reynolds took the podium; preparing to sing “God Bless America.”

He had something to say first.

“I am moved by what I just heard. All those young men, and women, who are now stepping up; taking their place as Americans,” he said. “I look over and I see two young ladies over here, dressed in marine outfits. They told me, ‘Officer Reynolds, we want to be police officers.’ And after hearing what I just heard, I say to you young ladies, I’m proud of you. You’re going to be great police officers.” 

Fire Department Honor Guard members salute the flag after posting the colors for the Patriot Day Salute ceremony. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Fire Department Honor Guard members salute the flag after posting the colors for the Patriot Day Salute ceremony. Photo by Jacob Granneman

Many young men and women part of the Young Marines, helped at the event with everything from folding chairs, to greeting guests, to releasing the doves symbolizing peace.

Col. Larry J. Smith (Ret.) USA, co-chair of CMAC, emceed the event and introduced the speakers. Chaplain Pete Schrater of City Harvest Church delivered both the invocation and benediction.

In addition to leading “God Bless America,” Officer Reynolds also sang the National Anthem. Main remarks were delivered by Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle, Assistant Police Chief Mike Lester and Division Fire Chief Tom O’Connor.

“Together we showed the world, no matter what happens, we will stand,” the mayor said, holding back tears. “Shoulder to shoulder, and protect what is just and what is right. Remember those that stayed behind, and sacrificed their own life, because they wouldn’t abandon their friends.”  

The presentation of the famous wreath, was performed by Col. Michael Burton (Ret.) USAF, and the final alarm was done by the Vancouver Fire Honor Guard, who also performed the posting and retiring of the colors.


Jacob Granneman
Jacob Granneman

Each and every American remembers where they were and what they were doing on Sept. 11, 2001; even this young reporter, who was only four years old then.

 

My young eyes saw the towers fall that morning in a rerun of the national news on our television. My mother was very concerned. My father was locked out of country, being in Singapore for a work trip. 

 

These tiny images and moments were seared into my memory, as I have grown up in the shadow of terrorism and that dark day. 

 

That is why when Col. Smith (Ret.) USA told the crowd this year, that he and his colleague had attended a high school event in which they witnessed great respect from the students during the national anthem, and how he values the importance of teaching our young people why they have what they have today, because of those some 3,000 lives lost … I am moved and hopeful. I am thankful. I remember, and I look to tomorrow, living in today.  

 

— Jacob Granneman
ClarkCountyToday.com


VFW Post 7824 presented a rifle salute and performance of “Taps,” before Gustav Baur of the Portland Police Highland Guard performed “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes.

Chaplain Pete Schrater is seen here leading the invocation at the start of the Patriot Day Salute ceremony outside Vancouver City Hall. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Chaplain Pete Schrater is seen here leading the invocation at the start of the Patriot Day Salute ceremony outside Vancouver City Hall. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Community members and firefighters seen here bow their heads in prayer during the ceremony’s invocation. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Community members and firefighters seen here bow their heads in prayer during the ceremony’s invocation. Photo by Jacob Granneman
A member of the Fire Department Honor Guard salutes the flag during the 2019 Patriot Day ceremony. Photo by Jacob Granneman
A member of the Fire Department Honor Guard salutes the flag during the 2019 Patriot Day ceremony. Photo by Jacob Granneman
A member of the Fire Department Honor Guard is seen here ringing the bell that symbolizes the final alarm for firefighters. Photo by Jacob Granneman
A member of the Fire Department Honor Guard is seen here ringing the bell that symbolizes the final alarm for firefighters. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Col. Larry J. Smith (Ret.) USA emceed the 2019 Patriot Day ceremony outside Vancouver City Hall. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Col. Larry J. Smith (Ret.) USA emceed the 2019 Patriot Day ceremony outside Vancouver City Hall. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle holds back tears during her remarks at the 2019 ceremony remembering the 9/11 attacks. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle holds back tears during her remarks at the 2019 ceremony remembering the 9/11 attacks. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Vancouver Police Department’s Officer Rey Reynolds prepares to sing “God Bless America” after encouraging young people at the event. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Vancouver Police Department’s Officer Rey Reynolds prepares to sing “God Bless America” after encouraging young people at the event. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Col. Michael Burton (Ret.) USAF lays the ceremonial wreath during the 2019 ceremony remembering the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Col. Michael Burton (Ret.) USAF lays the ceremonial wreath during the 2019 ceremony remembering the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Many community members, elected officials, first responders, and their families gathered to remember the 9/11 attacks in Vancouver. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Many community members, elected officials, first responders, and their families gathered to remember the 9/11 attacks in Vancouver. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Members of VFW Post 7824 perform “Taps” and deliver a rifle salute during the ceremony. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Members of VFW Post 7824 perform “Taps” and deliver a rifle salute during the ceremony. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Members of VFW Post 7824 deliver a rifle salute during the ceremony that could be heard throughout the city’s downtown. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Members of VFW Post 7824 deliver a rifle salute during the ceremony that could be heard throughout the city’s downtown. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Gustav Baur, of the Portland Police Highland Guard, performs “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes during the close of the ceremony. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Gustav Baur, of the Portland Police Highland Guard, performs “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes during the close of the ceremony. Photo by Jacob Granneman
“Bright Eyes” Doves releases doves with the Young Marines at the conclusion of the Patriot Day Salute ceremony. Photo by Jacob Granneman
“Bright Eyes” Doves releases doves with the Marine Cadets of Washington at the conclusion of the Patriot Day Salute ceremony. Photo by Jacob Granneman
The Vancouver Police and Fire Honor Guards proceed to retire the colors at the conclusion of Vancouver’s 9/11 remembrance ceremony of 2019. Photo by Jacob Granneman
The Vancouver Police and Fire Honor Guards proceed to retire the colors at the conclusion of Vancouver’s 9/11 remembrance ceremony of 2019. Photo by Jacob Granneman
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Jacob Granneman is a filmmaker and writer from Clark County. He is a recent graduate of Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College, where he studied media production. He has produced documentary stories all over the Pacific Northwest and in Argentina. His passions range from loving people, to cinematography, to going on adventures in the most beautiful place on earth, i.e. his backyard. He lives with his wife in Vancouver, WA.

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