Update Never forget theme of local Sept 11 event

first_imgIt was a day of remembering, honoring and pledging to never forget those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa.A crowd of more than 400 Sunday morning heard several speakers’ heartfelt thoughts during a 10th-anniversary ceremony at Vancouver Landing on the Columbia River. “It’s going to be emotional for a lot of people,” said Vancouver’s Tom Dombeck, 67, an Air Force veteran, as he waited for the ceremony to begin in the amphitheater next to the Red Lion Inn at the Quay.Bright sunshine blessed the event, and as Vancouver police Officer Rey Reynolds sang the national anthem, he held on a bit longer at the phrase “the land of the free.”“The promise we made that day was to remember … to never forget,” Vancouver Fire Chief Joseph Molina told the crowd.He said he was reliving the emotions of that day, including thinking of “Ladder 118 making its last run across the Brooklyn Bridge, never to be seen again.”Middagh Street’s Ladder Company 118 lost its entire six-man crew that day at the World Trade Center.Division Chief Ward Knable, 49, was in the same mode of reliving the event.“It strikes my heart thinking of the 343 firefighters who were killed,” Knable said. “There were 28 who I worked with over the years.”Knable, 28 years with the Vancouver Fire Department, said he went to New York City over several years before 9/11 to teach firefighters about K-9 searches. He serves on the Washington State Urban Search and Rescue Task Force.last_img