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Those lost as a result of the September 11th terrorist attacks are remembered and honored at Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue's memorial located at 701 Vine street in Kelso on September 11th, every year.  The South Tower of the World Trade Center fell at 9:59 Eastern Standard Time.  The North Tower collapsed at 10:28.  This ceremony memorializes the loss at the actual time and begins at 6:45 am.

A steel artifact from the World Trade Center, released by the Port Authority of New York / New Jersey, is the center piece of the memorial.  Each year, since 2001, Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue's Honor Guard has raised the American Flag and then lowered it to half-staff while Fire Chief Dave LaFave speaks.

Cowlitz 2 Firefighter and US Marine Corps. Veteran, Brad Yoder, primarily developed and built the memorial with help from fire cadets from the high school Fire Science program, most notably Mary Mortensen, Brandy Vaughn and Ipiana Aroacha.  Development of the memorial began in the Fall of 2009 including a request letter to the Port Authority of New York / New Jersey for a steel artifact from the World Trade Center.  The request was granted and the memorial was unveiled in 2010.  Only 1,000 steel artifacts have been released for memorials throughout the United States.  The memorial is always open to the public to remember or to "Never Forget".

Above is a video of the 10th anniversary 9/11ceremony.  For best listening results, turn the volume up.

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