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Many residents gathered on the lawn of the Ridgway American Legion Post 208 Sunday afternoon to honor and remember the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
The ceremony began with Striking of the Four Fives introduced by Ben Brendel, master of ceremonies and member of the Ridgway Military Honor Detail.
"Thanks for taking the time to join others from Ridgway area this afternoon to remember Sept. 11, 2001 and to remember the price the United States paid for our continued freedom," Brendel said. "We begin our time of remembrance with the fire service tradition that dates back to the mid 1800's long before radios, pagers and fire alarms; daily announcements were sent from headquarters to fire houses by a system of bell commands and telegrams. When a firefighter died in the line of duty, headquarters would transmit five bell strikes repeated in four series.
"This custom has been continued through the years, to this day it is a form of rending final honors to departed comrades. In the final service this is known as the striking of the four fives."
Next, The National Anthem was performed by the Ridgway Area High School Band.
Pastor Craig Duffield and Father Brian Vossler led an invocation. Following the invocation everyone stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
Remarks were then heard by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5887 commander Rickey Hicks.
"We would like to remember the 9/11 victims and honor local fire emergency responders, firefighters, law enforcement, fire police, medical services, veterans and those who are currently serving in the military," Hicks said.
Pick up a copy of the Monday, Sept. 12, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.