ELIZABETHTON — A remembrance ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack was held Friday morning at the Elizabethton/Carter County Veterans Wall of Honor.
The ceremony was attended by many city and county officials and members of the Elizabethton Fire Department stood in formation in their dress uniforms. A contingent from the Rolling Thunder veterans organization also attended.
Kay Nave led the ceremony and with her husband, Spencer Nave, she presented a “Flag of Heroes” to the fire department. The replica of an American flag contains the names of every emergency worker who lost their lives in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Nave said the flag had been enclosed in a plastic bag for the past nine years. It was done by Connecticut artist John Michellotti. As city and county leaders unfurled the flag, Jericho Shrine bagpiper Howard Ensor performed “Drummers Lost,” a song written by New York City firefighters for two of their members killed on Sept. 11 who were members of the fire department’s drum and bugle corps.
Elizabethton Fire Chief Barry Carrier thanked the Naves and said the flag of heroes would be displayed in a prominent location at the fire station.
During remarks by local officials, Elizabethton Police Chief Mat Bailey talked about the courage displayed by the New York firefighters.
“I saw firefighters running toward that building when everyone else was running away. They did it because of what was in their fiber. We were made stronger by what happened 10 years ago,” Bailey said.
Elizabethton City Planning Director David Ornduff told the audience “let us always remember those who suffered such pain and anguish that day.”
In addition to the flag, the Naves also presented a check for $100 to the fire department.
City Manager Fred Edens said it was appropriate to honor the memory of fellow Americans who died that day in order to help ensure their sacrifices were not in vain.