Walk to remember the lost continues
By Emily Weaver
Dunn Daily Record
ANGIER – For eight years, firefighters with the Angier & Black River Fire Department have suited up, tanked up and geared up for a heavy 1.1 mile walk to remember the brothers they lost in 9/11.
The turnout gear alone weighs 45 pounds. Extra equipment like ropes and axes add even more.
“It’s probably between 50 and 65 pounds with the packs and stuff like that,” said Angier & Black River Fire Lt. Richard Beasley.
And every year, on Sept. 11, the firefighters step off on their solemn walk in the heat of summer. But they don’t complain.
“The reason we do it every year is to remember the ones from 9/11, the firefighters, EMS, police and all the first responders that passed away,” Beasley said. “It’s just a small remembrance that we can do to keep their memory alive.”
This year, the firefighters will start their walk around 11:45 a.m. and wind their way to the Crepe Myrtle Celebration at the Depot for a special reception remembering 9/11.
Terrorists hijacked four passenger planes that day — 20 years ago — turning them into deadly missiles that killed 2,977 people, including 441 first responders. More than 340 of them were firefighters.
The 9/11 remembrance ceremony will begin at noon Saturday at the Crepe Myrtle Celebration.
“Anyone in the audience who is active or retired military and/or first responders will be recognized,” said Shelby Blackmon, executive director of the Angier Chamber of Commerce. “Angier Rotary is allowing us to use 20 of the flags they use for Flags for Heroes for the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. They will be placed around the front of the stage.”
Rick Gutierrez of Anthem Church will give the introduction, followed by a recognition of special guests, a moment of silence and a presentation of colors from Harnett Central High’s JROTC.
The Anthem Church Praise Team will sing the national anthem and “God Bless America” before Gutierrez offers the final prayer.