Cambridge Remembers September 11th
On Sunday September 11, 2011 beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the steps of City Hall, Mayor David P. Maher will be joined by the Cambridge Fire Department, the Cambridge Police Department and City officials for a ceremony of remembrance and reflection to honor the victims of September 11, 2001.
The program will feature musical selections and the Peabody School choir, poetry readings by students from Cambridge Rindge and Latin as well as two moments of silence and reflection at 8:46 a.m. and 9:03 a.m., the exact moments that Flight 11 and Flight 175 struck the World Trade Center. During those moments of silence, bells in houses of worship across the City of Cambridge will toll for two minutes so that all residents can pause to honor and to reflect on the 2,977 lives that we lost in New York, in Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon a decade ago.
The event is open to the public and all Cambridge residents are invited to attend.
In addition to the ceremony at Cambridge City Hall, a wreath will be laid at the Cambridge Police Department’s 9/11 Memorial at the Robert W. Healy Public Safety Building. Also, beginning at 9:55 a.m., the Cambridge Fire Department will conduct a respectful and subdued remembrance, and will especially remember the 343 firefighters and others who gave their lives that day, and the members of the armed services who have given their lives in the war against terrorism.
The Cambridge Fire Department protocol for September 11, 2011, will be as follows:
• At all fire houses, open overhead doors and move apparatus outside where appropriate.
• Members in Class B uniform, and guests, will form in front of respective company apparatus.
• Members will wear fire helmets.
• Members will stand at attention.
• Officer in charge will make introduction and brief remarks.
• Members and guests will recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
0959 hours – Time of the South Tower Collapse:
• Signal 5-5-5-5 will be transmitted by fire alarm.
• One full minute of complete silence will be maintained.
• The Officer in charge or other designated person may make brief remarks to reflect on the attacks of 9/11/2001.
• Reflection to include all lives lost including law enforcement, EMS, and civilian, as well as fire service.
• Reflection to include members of our military who have given their lives in defense of freedom and in the battle against terrorism.
• The Senior Firefighter on duty will read Mychal’s Prayer.
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