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Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue 9/11 Memorial

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. Every year on the anniversary of the tradgedy, Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue hosts a ceremony begining at 6:40 am to memorialize our loss at the actual time. The South Tower of the World Trade Center fell at 9:59 Eastern Standard Time and the North Tower collapsed at 10:28.

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

Cowlitz 2 Firefighter and U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, Brad Yoder, designed and built the memorial with help from the 2009-2010 Fire Cadets, most notably Mary Mortensen, Brandy Vaughn, and Ipyana Aroacha. Development of the memorial began in the fall of 2009, and a request was made 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 such artifacts have been released for memorials throughout the country. The memorial is always open to to the public so that we never forget.

Here is the video from the most recent memorial ceremony: