Today, the City of #IamLakewood and West Pierce Fire & Rescue held their first joint 9/11 commemoration event at Lakewood City Hall.
Speakers included Mayor Don Anderson, Interim Police Chief Mike Zaro and Fire Cheif Jim Sharp. With uniformed police and firefighters, as well as several residents and Pierce County Councilmember and former Mayor Doug Richardson all watching, speakers addressed how much our lives have changed since that fateful day Sept. 11, 2001.
Mayor Anderson spoke how much the attacks opened our eyes to the fact that evil does exist in the world, but unity, love and determination can be stronger. Zaro talked about the lives of first responders has changed, and how protecting a community isn’t simply about what’s going on in a particular community. Sharp addressed how, to this day, some first-responders and others who helped with the aftermath of the attacks still suffer.
Although it was a somber event, the commemoration also provided a chance to recognize police, fire, military, medical and other first-responders for sacrificing and throwing themselves into harm’s way every day.
Special thanks to Original House Of Donuts and Towne Center Starbucks for generously donating refreshments for after the ceremony. Stay tuned for video hightlights.
The City has posted a photo album of the event on its Facebook page.