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Marysville firefighters, police honor the fallen on 9/11

MARYSVILLE — Marysville firefighters and police officers will be honoring the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, as well as the loss of one of their own, on Sept. 11 of this year.

On Sept. 11, 2001, not only were thousands of lives lost in the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers, the  Pentagon and Flight 93, including those of 343 New York firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers, but the Marysville Fire District also lost Lt. Jeff Thornton, who passed away that same day after his battle with cancer.

Members of the Marysville Fire District’s Honor Guard will conduct a ceremony at the Police and Firefighters Memorial outside of the Marysville Public Library, located at 6120 Grove St., starting at 8:30 a.m. This event has taken place every year since 2001.

This year’s program will build on those past ceremonies, with activities set to include an invocation, an address from Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring, the ringing of the bell in honor of those whose lives were lost, and doves being released to music.

“This annual ceremony helps us all remember and pay tribute to those who died, as we also remember the loss of one of our own on that very same day,” Marysville Fire Chief Greg Corn said. “As we look back on the events that took place 10 years ago, we have a responsibility to those who gave their lives and those who continue to fight and sacrifice for our freedom and security. Marysville is a community that will never forget.”

Also on Sept. 11, Marysville Fire District Capt. Keith Taylor will be singing the national anthem at Safeco Field for the Mariners game. A special tribute to Thornton is likewise set to kick off at 3 p.m. that day at Husky Ball Park, on Montlake Boulevard just north of the Hec Edmundson Pavilion & Intramural Center.

 

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