Public invited to share personal 9/11 experience

On Tuesday, September 11th, Historic City News editor Michael Gold will continue the annual tradition of attending the “Ceremony of Remembrance”, a community gathering to remember those who died in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.  Each year we publish photos from the event for our readers who are not able to attend.


Last year, due to Hurricane Irma, the City of St Augustine cancelled the ceremony.  This year’s ceremony is expected to be especially memorable with retired FDNY Firefighter John Westfield offering personal remarks of his own experience on 9/11 as a member of Ladder Company 116, in Queens, New York.

The public is invited and encouraged to participate in the community ceremony which will be held at the St. Augustine Fire Department’s main station, 101 Malaga Street, Tuesday morning, September 11, at 8:30 a.m.


St. Augustine Fire Chief Carlos Aviles invites anyone who was personally involved or impacted by the events of September 11 to bring their memorabilia to the fire station to share – personal photos, mementos, or artifacts. To make advance arrangements to share your personal items, or for more information, call the St. Augustine Fire Department at 904.825.1098.  These personal items will be placed on display inside the fire station prior to the ceremony to be viewed by guests during a reception immediately following.

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