(Tribute to the fallen in 9/11)….It has become a tradition in Yuma.
This year is no different. Since the first anniversary of the terrorist attack on 9/11/2001, a special tribute has been made to the Firefighters who died that day. At Yuma Fire Station #2, 3284 S. Avenue A, 343 flags are placed on the lawn along Avenue A. One flag for each of the 343 Firefighters that gave their lives in the collapse of the towers at the World Trade Center, while attempting to rescue those injured and trapped in the initial attacks. On the 10th anniversary of the attacks, 72 additional flags were added in memory of the 72 Law Enforcement personnel who also gave their lives in service to others that day. This year, the flags will be placed Thursday afternoon and will remain in place until Saturday morning. The flag display will be let during the two nights it will be in place. In 2013 a 9/11 memorial was dedicated at E.F. Sanguinetti Fire Station #1 on South 3rd Avenue. That memorial incorporates a 24-inch, 160-pound section of I-beam recovered from the Twin Towers. Ceremonies Friday will be held at both Stations, as well as a Blue Mass at Immaculate Conception Church on Avenue B.