Tucson commemorates 9/11Posted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tucsonans also spent Sunday honoring the victims, survivors and heroes of 9/11.
A procession began downtown early Sunday morning.
"It is the bell that begins each shift and calls them out to fight a fire or to save a life. And when the fire is out and the call is complete, the bell rings three times to signal that end," said firefighter Mario Carrasco.
Firefighters spent Sunday remembering their fellow first responders who risked their lives the day the twin towers fell.
Some of them did not survive the terrorist attack ten years ago.
"That day said, 'You guys in America are not safe we can attack you.' And we still need to guard against that and the vigilance goes on," said Mayor Bob Walkup.
"My husband is a firefighter and I can't imagine what those families went through on that day. People still think about it and care about it," said Tiffany Griebel.
Uniformed first responders marched to the Tucson Police Department to pay tribute to the men and women in blue.
"It took me right back there which was very surprising for me all the emotions that I felt that day came back to the forefront, the sorrow, the grief, the anger and the commitment to continue to serve my community," said Chief Villasenor.
With flags hoisted at half staff and hearts heavy there was a solemn tribute.
"My dad is an officer so I feel some connection but I remember the day like it was yesterday. I remember sitting at the kitchen table watching the news and that's when my mom took us to school," said Amanda Oien.
The procession ended at Reid Park where the day's events ended on a positive note with inspirational speeches and pride for all of our first responders.