Today, the City of Azusa held a Patriot Day Memorial Service on the front steps of the police station. Patriot Day is the day we remember the tragic events which unfolded in America on September 11, 2001. On that day, terrorists hijacked four planes which they deliberately crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, DC., and in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. On that day, and in the following years since, over 3000 people died, and some 6000 people were injured.
There were 72 police officers and 343 firefighters and paramedics who gave their lives in a valiant attempt to save the lives of those involved in these heinous attacks.
Speaking at today's ceremony was Pastor Rick MacDonald, Hector Elizalde from U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano's office, Mayor Joseph Rocha, LA County Fire Department Assistant Chief Jim Enriquez, Captain Paul Dennis, and Chief Steve Hunt. Prior to the service starting, Officer Phil Brock led the attendees in the pledge of allegiance, followed by Corporal Cherie Miller and Dispatcher Chandra LaPorte singing our national anthem.
Towards the end of the service and during a moment of silence, a plane could be heard flying far off in the distance, as church bells rang, and a helicopter flew over the police station, all of which was unplanned. It seemed fitting to a solemn event honoring those lost on September 11, 2001.
- Officer Mike Bires