Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – Employees of Lexington County’s EMS, the fire service, and local law enforcement agencies took some time Wednesday to participate in ceremonies to commemorate September 11th. One service was held at the 9/11 Memorial on East Main Street in Lexington by the Judicial Center. The other was the Midland’s memorial service held at the 9/11 Memorial on the grounds of the Columbia Convention Center downtown.
At the service in Lexington, the Honor Guard, comprised of members of first responders agencies, military service members, and members of local JROTC/ROTC units, marched in ahead of the Roll Call of Fallen Heroes from around the Midlands. The Lexington County Sheriff's Department posted on their Facebook page a somber reminder of what September 11th is all about. That post read, “Although the watches of these fallen heroes have ended, they will not be forgotten; their memory will be carried forward by those that serve today and by those that will serve tomorrow.”
In Columbia, members of the Lexington County Fire Service and Lexington County EMS joined with several other emergency service agencies and organizations from around the Midlands to remember. They too had gathered to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the September 11th attacks that rocked the foundation of our nation. A social media post from the sheriff's department regarding this ceremony read, “It’s always a sobering reminder of what that day changed for us as a nation and the future of first response services. We will never forget.”
While these ceremonies were going on, across the Midlands, first responders were still responding to emergencies of every type. While others were remembering those who died in service, more were simply serving. If you didn’t make one of the ceremonies, perhaps there’s something else you could do to let our first responders know we recognize their sacrifice. If you see one on the street, in a store, or maybe at church, stop them and say thanks so they’ll know just how important what they do is to us.