‘We sit here with heavy hearts’: Nighttime 9/11 ceremony honors sacrifices | News – Bakersfield, California

Bakersfield, California 2021-09-11 23:30:00 –

Look back, respect and remember. And educate our youth about what the country experienced that day.

It was a message shared by Captain Cordia Dams of the Bakersfield Fire Department and other speakers at the 9/11 memorial service held at Bakersfield Fire Department 15 on Buena Vista Road on Saturday night.

“Tonight we are sitting here with all our heart,” said Adams.

The ceremony began with multiple video segments. In honor of the 343 firefighters who died on September 11, I remembered where the Bakersfield firefighters were when I asked what happened (some were still school children). One went to help with a focus on Pentagon and Kern County firefighters. Some are discussing the creation of a monument at Bakersfield Fire Station 15. Later videos introduced the unity of first responders and the army.

When the sun went down, the monument was illuminated blue.

Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh said in 9/11 he looked out the south window on the 21st floor of the New York office.

“We knew that our world would never be the same,” Go said of himself and her colleagues. Still, “courage and selflessness overcame fear,” she said.

Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy said at the ceremony he was speaking as the son of a firefighter. He honored the Gold Star family, the entire army, and all first responders.

He said he remembers exactly where they were when they learned of the attack.

“At that moment, it seemed to be across the street,” McCarthy said. The United States was attacked because of what the country believes, and because the country is exceptional, he said, and “I’m not ashamed to say that.”

Like the other speakers, he touched on education and thanked all parents who brought their children under the age of 20 to the ceremony.

Aaron Duncan, chief of the Kern County Fire Department, said firefighters, first responders, and military personnel would treat them daily as September 12, and would continue to serve as they did the day after the attack and would never forget.

Kern County Sheriff Donnie Youngblood said there were 57 other California Sheriffs envious of Kern County’s activities, including holding ceremonies of this kind. He asked everyone to make sure their children understood what happened in 9/11.

The sheriff said, “I will never forget,” but “I’m worried that I’ve forgotten it.”

Bakersfield Fire Chief Anthony Raggaza said the word that came to his mind was “promise.” First responders and the army promise to serve daily. He asked everyone to promise to never forget because civil servants will never forget — they can’t.

Goldstar’s mother, Maria Garcia, talked about her son, who died at the age of 23. She read a poem called “Soldier”.

Vietnam veteran Rick Zanat recalled his son Adam, who died at the age of 26, and was honored and humbled to be asked to speak.

“You, and your loved one, are in my heart,” Zanat told the other Gold Star family.

He said all volunteers since 9/11 made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, many engaged in a few missions, and some died.

Zanutto described the portrait of the Warrior Gallery in downtown Bakersfield as a place to learn and ponder the sacrifices of many.

The last roll call was also made.

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