Posted: Sep 8, 2011 5:43 PM by Sarah Rosario
Updated: Sep 8, 2011 5:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - City officials in Baker held an early memorial at the fire station Thursday to mark the 10 year anniversary of September 11th.
Fire chief Danny Edwards said the purpose of the memorial was to remind people to never forget.
"It's not just about the firemen. I've always said, lets not forget about what happened to America that day," said Baker public information officer, Howard Ward.
343 fire fighters and first responders lost their lives that day. In honor of those men and women, 50 of their names were written on placards and put on display in front of the Baker fireman's memorial plaza. Cement from tower one of the World Trade Center was also available for people to touch.
In addition to getting 9-11 wristbands, everyone was encouraged to pick a placard to keep.
"I just think that this is a very wonderful thing to have. He's going to be something that I'm going to keep, and remember him and pray for his family." said Betty Stewart.
A big part of the ceremony was prayer. It was time to reflect on what happened 10 years ago, and where we are today.
"We just felt like, hey, it's time. We need to recognize this day and encourage people to never forget and that's what the whole target of this was," said Ward.
For those who missed Thursday's memorial in Baker, the World Trade Center memorabilia will be on display at the fire station till Wednesday, September 14th.