Public invited to 9/11 ceremony
The public is invited to a memorial ceremony to mark the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in Portland on Tuesday morning.
The ceremony will be held near the site of the planned David Campbell Memorial honoring fallen Portland firefighters. Participants will include members of the Portland Firefighters Association, Portland Fire & Rescue, first responders from surrounding communities, family members and friends.
"Our members believe it's our duty and honor every year to pay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives seventeen years ago trying to save others, " says Alan Ferschweiler, president of the Portland Firefighters Association.
The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday on the Eastbank Esplanade at S.E. 5 Madison St., near Fire Station 21.
The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks killed nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington DC, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Victims included 343 firefighters in New York.
The ceremony will also honor all firefighters who have died in the line of duty or from service-related causes.
"We will plan to honor those who died and thank all fire fighters and first responders who serve every day in our own communities," says Ferschweiler.
The Portland Firefighters Association is working with the City of Portland to building the David Campbell Memorial near where the ceremony will be held. It is named after Fire Chief David Campbell, who lost his life in the Standard Oil Building fire on June 26, 1911, while ensuring his firefighters were safe. Campbell was such an iconic figure in Portland that his funeral procession was witnessed by over 150,000 citizens.
To date, 36 Portland firefighters have died in the line of duty. Another 37 have died of service-connected diseases, like the cancers that firefighters develop at a greatly elevated rate. Past and present Portland firefighters have donated over $100,000 towards the memorial, and the David Campbell Memorial Foundation is seeking public support to move forward with construction.
To learn more about the memorial and make a donation, visit davidcampbellmemorial.org.