- Business Advocacy
Eighteen years after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, the entire nation paused to remember and pay honor to those who lost their lives on that day, especially those of the first responders who answered the call of duty for the last time. At 9 a.m. on Sept. 11, Alhambra held its own Remembrance Ceremony along with cities across the country.
Mayor Adele Andrade-Stadler welcomed the gathering of police, firefighters, and the public who came in memory of this national tragedy. This was followed by a police honor guard who posted the Colors and Police Chief Timothy Vu who led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Fire Chief Tom Phelps explained the significance of tolling the bell on this occasion. At the thousands of such ceremonies on this day, fire station and church bells rang out across the land in a tradition that dates back 150 years. The bell ringing signifies the end of an emergency and a return to quarters. In the case of many New York Firefighters on 9/11, it was the final call to quarters. Chief Phelps also asked that the first responders who have been plagued with health problems since that day also be remembered.
Police Chaplain Garrett Ho read the Firefighters Prayer. The half hour ceremony was concluded by Chief Phelps who welcomed the assembled to enjoy refreshment and to speak with the fire and police personnel who were present.