City Manager Hector Mirabile organized a thoughtful commemorative moment on Tuesday September 11th at 9:30am to honor the 2,606 souls who perished at One World Trade Center on 9-11-2001, the 120 lost at the Pentagon that same day, and the 411 emergency workers who also died of which 340 were firefighters, 27 were Port Authority officers and 23 were from the New York Police Department.
The flag was raised and brought down to half-mast by Honor Guard Ralph Baumer and Sargent Rich James. Vice Mayor Josh Liebman, Commissioner Valerie Newman, City Attorney Thomas Pepe, Chief of Police Orlando Martinez de Castro,City Clerk Maria M. Menendez, City Arborist Doug Baker and firefighters Tony Diaz, Carlos Trujillo, Mario Arevalo and Lieutenant Cesar Trapero were among those in attendance.
After two convocations and a short presentation by Manager Mirabile, attendees went indoors to enjoy refreshments while Miriam Stern of the Miami String Project played a soulful rendering of Amazing Grace on the violin. A heartfelt thank you to the City of South Miami for offering our community a chance to get together among colleagues and friends to quietly remember and never forget.
Thought for the Day:
For me and my family personally, September 11 was a reminder that life is fleeting, impermanent, and uncertain. Therefore, we must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity, and laughter
— Deeprak Chopra
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