On Saturday, September 11 it was twenty years to the day when two hijacked airliners intentionally crashed into the World Trade Center towers and another plane flew into the Pentagon exploding in flames and bringing death and destruction. At the same time, a fourth passenger jet crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after heroic passengers fought off the hijackers that had taken control over their flight. Our nation has greatly changed since that day, and as Americans nationwide reflected on those tragic events, local communities joined in remembering the almost 3000 people that were tragically lost that day by holding ceremonies focused on honoring and remembering.
In Kissimmee, the American Legion Post 10 held its “Fallen Heroes Ride and 20th Anniversary of 9/11 event.” Over 100 motorcyclists came together to ensure that the community never forgets 9/11 and also the two KPD officers that we lost in 2017 when they were slain in the line of duty, Sgt. Sam Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter.
As the motorcycles streamed out of the Lakefront in Kissimmee on their way to downtown and then on to St. Cloud, they passed under Kissimmee Fire Rescue’s giant American Flag that was hung over Ruby Avenue by one of their ladder trucks. It was a beautifully reverent salute and we thank Kissimmee Fire Rescue’s team that made it happen: Fire Chief Jim Walls, Lt Jeff Booher, Engineer David D’Eramo, FF Brian Perdue, Engineer Brad Ellig and FF Ian Wooten. Thank you for giving of yourselves once again and for making a positive difference in the community!