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(Akron, OH, Sept. 12, 2014) – On the 13th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, along with the Fairlawn and Bath Fire Departments, gathered at 9 a.m. at Buckingham’s Akron office for a flag raising ceremony.
Inspection Lt. Steve Brant of the Fairlawn Police Department reflected on the importance of that day 13 years ago.
“September 11, 2001, was a day when America stood still, and watched in horror as the events led up to the World Trade Center Towers tumbling,” said Brant. “We must reflect and remember today, the sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters, husbands and wives, co-workers, and friends that perished that Tuesday morning.”
Following the speech, a moment of silence was observed to recognize those fallen heroes, while the flag was raised to half-staff.
“Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, rescue crews began to tear through the rubble and devastation, searching for survivors,” Brant recalls. “It was at that time the emergency workers at the Pentagon draped a huge American flag over the pentagon building for the entire world to see. Then at the site of the twin towers, firefighters raised an American flag among the rubble. Flags began to go up everywhere: on our homes, on our office buildings and in our cars. As we raise the flag today, let us remember why our flag is important.”
Lt. Brant then led the group, which consisted of Buckingham attorneys and staff, along with their neighboring tenants of 3800 Embassy Parkway, in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
“We are honored to have you here today,” said Bill Caplan, Akron Partner-In-Charge, as he addressed the two fire departments. “Thank you for your service to our local community. You are true patriots.”
The ceremony was followed by a light reception to honor the lives lost on September 11, 2001, and to pay tribute to all the service men and women who risk their lives protecting us today.
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