CORONADO, Calif. — Coronado firefighters, police, lifeguards and local military personnel gathered at Fire Station 36 for a 9/11 memorial ceremony Wednesday morning.
Coronado’s first responders remembered the attacks on September 11, 2001, with an invocation, a moment of silence and a symbolic ringing of the station’s bell. It was followed by comments from the Fire and Police chiefs, and Navy Base Coronado Executive Officer Capt. John DePree.
The ceremony provides an opportunity to reflect on the events of that day 18 years ago and to remember the loss of life that occurred. The City’s public safety officials especially remember all of the emergency responders and military personnel that lost their lives during their service to others.
The invocation by Chaplain Mickey Stonier was followed by a moment of silence that began at 6:56 a.m. and lasted three minutes to mark the time of the collapse of the World Trade Center South Tower. At 6:59 a.m., the bell at the station rang three sets of five chimes each. Three fives is a common signal in fire service for a Line of Duty Death.
The community came out to participate in the brief ceremony, which concluded at approximately 7:15 a.m. with a performance on the bagpipe in front of the fire station. A 5-year-old boy named Joshua watched in awe as first responders took a moment of silence.
Several kids who watched the ceremony also gave out Thank You cards to the Coronado Firefighters!