• Observances continued into Monday night.
By TOM WOERNER
Of The Record Staff
Members of the Angier & Black River Fire Department joined local citizens Monday night on a memorial walk through town to remember the tragedies of Sept. 11, 2001.
The annual event drew approximately 50 people this year who did not let a slow, steady rain stop them from honoring local heroes.
The parade of people, ranging from senior citizens to infants in strollers, started and ended at the Angier Fire Station, walking down Broad Street and then turning on to the heavily traveled N.C. 55 before looping back around to the fire station.
The firemen made the hike — which totaled more than a mile — in full turnout gear, with some carrying axes and other equipment.
Horns from the busy commuters were heard as the procession of citizens and firemen made its way through town. They were both led and followed by police cars that cleared a path through traffic.
Firefighter Jonathan Lewis made the walk and said it was good for the department.
“This helps us build our sense of brotherhood,” Mr. Lewis said. “It also helps everyone remember what happened that day 16 years ago.”
Angier Mayor Lew Weatherspoon was part of the group. He has been involved in the event in the past.
“We need to do anything we can to support our firefighters, police and other first responders,” Mr. Weatherspoon said. “They need to know that we appreciate the sacrifices they have made for the citizens of our town.”
“It keeps getting bigger every year,” Angier Fire Chief Zachary Lindsey said. “It shows how dedicated these guys are when they come out here for this.”
The event started several years ago and is held each year on the anniversary of when terrorists struck in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa.
Members of the Angier & Black River Fire Department and local citizens make their way down Broad Street as part of a memorial walk Monday night. The event was held in memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. Erwin is planning a similar event next month. A 1.1 mile walk will start at the Erwin Fire Department at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 25.
Daily Record Photo/Tom Woerner