We missed the Memorial Ceremony at the Louisville Fire Station on Main Street this morning. It was Boulder Balvihar's 20th Anniversary. I missed most of that, too.
But later in the afternoon, we drove to the Fire Stations to pay our respects and take pictures, as we always do each year on 9.11. To our surprise, we were invited into the Fire Station on Main Street to look at the piece of history that will rest in our little town—116lbs of warped metal from the Twin Towers.
We stared at the piece of metal in respectful silence, knowing that it is so much more than rusted metal. At the ceremony they had rung the bell 15 times, like they do every time they have a firefighter down. I could hear the bell in my mind as tears threatened to flood through.
Our fire district is manned by volunteer firemen, funded by our contributions. We could not be more proud of our firemen and women.
I drive to this Memorial that our Fire District hosts each year and think of all the lives lost, all the lives affected, here in the US and the world over.
I wish I had the words to describe how I feel.
All our lives changed that day.
We remember 9.11, we always will.