Tiffin police and firefighters were among people who gathered Wednesday morning at the Tiffin Police and Fire All Patriots Memorial to commemorate the 12th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Tiffin Fire Chief William Ennis and Tiffin Police Chief Fred Stevens spoke at the ceremony.
"So it is left up to us, even in Tiffin, Ohio, to honor and remember the thousands of civilians who died that day," Stevens said.
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A flag donated by Tiffin native and U.S. Air Force member Richard Martin is raised Wednesday morning at the Tiffin Police and All Patriots Memorial. The ceremony also included a wreath-laying.
"It is left up to us to honor and remember the military men and women who died that day and continue to fight and die for what happened to us that day.
"It is left up to us to honor and remember the police, firefighters and EMTs who died that day rushing towards the danger and not away.
"I want to thank everyone who took the time out of their busy day to honor and remember the patriots past and present who worked that day, are working in those fields today or died that fateful day.
During the ceremony Wednesday, a flag donated by Tiffin native and U.S. Air Force member Richard Martin was raised.
The flag was last flag flown in Iraq and it also was flown on the ramp of the last C-130 transport plane to leave the country.
Chris Hafley, chairman of the Tiffin Police and Fire All Patriots Memorial Committee, said the flag was the last flag the soldiers saw as they boarded the plane. He said it will be flown every Sept. 11 at the memorial.
Ennis, who pointed out that the need for courage and teamwork are some of the lessons learned from Sept. 11, 2001, said that he wants the ceremony to continue each year.
A flag-raising ceremony also was conducted Wednesday at Owens Corning, 145 Heritage Drive, and a brief Sept. 11, 2001 ceremony took place at the Fostoria Fire Department.