September 11 remembered at Firefighters Reserve11:35, Dec 01 2009
Christchurch began a series of worldwide commemorations for the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks with a solemn ceremony at the Firefighters Reserve.
The central city reserve, which has at its heart a sculpture by Graham Bennett from steel recovered from the wreckage of the World Trade Centre, held the memorial yesterday for the more than 3000 people who died after terrorists hijacked four aircraft in the United States on September 11, 2001. Mayor Bob Parker, addressing an honour guard of firefighters from the nearby central fire station, paid tribute to members of the emergency services killed trying to save people from the Twin Towers in New York. ‘‘We can see quite clearly the terrible price that can be paid,’’ he said. On 9/11, 343 New York firefighters died in the line of duty. Senior US embassy official Adam Smith said Americans appreciated countries such as New Zealand holding memorials. ‘‘Many people from all over the world died that day, including two from New Zealand,’’ he said. Five white doves were released after the 11-minute ceremony.