9/11 remembered with a variety of events
Across the region, Missourians came together to remember 9/11/2001.
In West County, March to the Arch kicked off at 9:11 from Mike Dufffy’s on Clayton Road and Hwy. 141. Approximately nine hours later, the walk of remembrance ended at the Arch.
The Monarch Fire Protection District participated in the Central County Dispatch 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony with all five Monarch engine houses including the administrative staff participating. The firefighters and paramedics stood at attention in front of the station to observe the flag while Central County 911 narrated the ceremony. Fire Chief Tom Vineyard spoke to all of his staff on the importance of remembrance, but also of forgiveness.
“There were many heroes that day and we will never forget the 343 brothers and sisters we lost,” stated Chief Vineyard.
Monarch firefighter/paramedics also participated in an appreciate lunch held at the Rockwood Valley Middle School. Firefighters ate lunch with the Rockwood Valley students and staff and talked about 9/11. An actual piece of steel from the Trade Center was on display for students to see.
Later in the day, students at Marquette High delivered meals to first responders in West County as a way to thank them for their selfless service.
Marquette students weren’t the only one thinking about our local first responders. The residents of Westview at Ellisville Assisted Living also paid a visit to West County Fire/EMS with a gift of homebaked goodies to honor them on Patriot’s Day.
For the last 11 years, Meramec Valley Bank also has recognized local first responders on 9/11 with box lunches as a token of their gratitude. This year bank staff delivered a total of 75 lunches to fire department and police personnel in Ellisville, Valley Park and Fenton. The lunches were prepared by our customers Callier’s Deli and Culvers in Fenton.