BUCHANAN, Va. (WFXR) – Last year, Buchanan Firefighter Bill Price started with the idea of walking down Main Street as a way to remember those who had fallen on Sept. 11, 2001. Now, 19 years later, Price with his fellow Buchanan and Eagle Rock Firefighters and the Buchanan community showed up to remember everyone lost that day.
“There were a lot of heroes that day, not only the firefighters and police officers but [everyone] on all the aircraft. Flight 93 – those guys trying to take the aircraft over and take it back from the terrorists and stop another building from getting hit.”Bill Price – Firefighter – Buchanan Fire Department
Each person who walked pinned several tags on themselves with photos of all the first responders lost that day.
“We take the tags and carry the tags of all the first responders killed on 9/11 and walk for the 102 minutes for them in their memory.”Bill Price – Firefighter – Buchanan Fire Department
For one Buchanan resident, the day after 9/11 is something he’ll never forget.
“When reality hit, we saw the second one you knew that we were actually being attacked it was just…you know, never…never had a feeling like that since then.”Scott Booher – Buchanan Resident
Many of the 9/11 heroes alive today are battling cancer due to the toxic debris from the fallen World Trade Center towers. Price says it’s important to remember these people so that the future generations will understand why we remember.
“As the years go on and more of those people pass away its that much more important to educate the kids so they remember why we’re here and what we’re doing and they remember those guys even if they’re not with us anymore.”Bill Price – Firefighter – Buchanan Fire Department
“To teach my son, to teach my son about 9/11 and the importance of remembering everyone that was lost that day and again how the country came together afterward.”Scott Booher – Buchanan Resident
Price has set up a Facebook page that is dedicated to the memory of the firefighters, paramedics, and police officers killed that day. To see that page, do so by clicking here.
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