On Sunday, September 11, we had an amazing tribute in our town to mourn and remember those who perished because of the attacks and honor those who risked their lives to save others. Citizens of Chapel Hill have every reason to be proud that we planned and conducted such a ceremony, so I would like to say thank you.
Thank you to the leaders of our fire and police departments. Thank you to the members of the honor guard. Thank you to Professional Firefighters’ Associationfor proposing that we have the event. Thank you to all of the police officers and firefighters who were there. Thank you to the UNC Clef Hangers for their music. Thank you to all who provided the support for the ceremony. Thank you to all of the speakers who said just the right things for the occasion.
Last but not least, thank you to the members of our community of all ages who were there Sunday morning. I’m not sure if the planners had any idea how many would attend, but everyone I talked to was impressed with the amazing turnout. The messages, music, and the delicious and plentiful refreshments fed all of us who attended Sunday morning.
But most important, we were provided an amazing way to publically stand with friends and neighbors at the Fire Place in Meadowmont to reflect on those horrific attacks 10 years ago and honor the goodness of so many who did extraordinary things after the attacks. The loss, sacrifice, courage, and commitment of so many demands that we keep having such ceremonies to mourn and remember.
Let’s never forget either!