9-11 Remembrance

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Messenger photos by Theresa Garee
The Madison Township Fire Department Honor Guard, the Madison Township Police Department, and the Ohio division of Firefighters Pipes & Drums presented the colors at the 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony held Sept. 11 at Motts Military Museum in Groveport. The ceremony honored those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 in New York City, Washington, D.C., and in the air over Pennsylvania.
Sea Cadets bow their heads for the opening prayer during the 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony on Sept. 11 at Motts Military Museum. The Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a congressionally chartered organization for American youth ages 10-17 who have a desire to learn about the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine.
The newest addition for the 9-11 display at Motts Military Museum will include a fully wrapped 2018 Dodge Charger police vehicle donated by Jamie Shaffner.
The Madison Township Fire Department Honor Guard raises the American flag to half mast in honor of victims of the 9-11 at the Remembrance Ceremony that has been hosted at Motts Military Museum since 2002.
Lt. Bill Pickett, of the New York Fire Department, served 42 years spoke about his best friend, Capt. Jack Boyle, who recently passed due to health issues that stemmed from being at Ground Zero following the Sept. 11 attacks. Pickett shared a love of Monty Python movies with Boyle and described Boyle as a man who lived a life of service. Boyle was a guest speaker at the 2021 Remembrance Ceremony.
Retired New York Fire Department Paramedic Stephen Spelman shared his experience at Ground Zero following the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Spelman recounted an incident when the tower began to drop and he ran the opposite way from his unit, a decision that saved his life. He remembered when driving toward the towers, the calls across the radio, “Who do we (first responders) call when we’re in trouble? That’s what I heard on the radio that day…everyone calling for help.”
Ohio Firefighter Pipes and Drums member, Mike Montgomery walks away playing “Amazing Grace” to close the event. An action he said symbolizes “carrying the spirits of the victims with us.”

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