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Lt. Chris Mulvihill also spoke at the event, but the words he used were not his own; he spoke using an excerpt of President George W. Bush’s words from that fateful day on Sept. 11, 2001.
“Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom, came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts,” Mulvihill recited. “The victims were in airplanes or in their offices: secretaries, businessmen and women, military and federal workers, moms and dads, friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge – huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong.”
As part of the ceremony, a wreath was laid before an American flag and a bell was rung three times in succession, three times, to symbolize the passing of the firefighters and to tell them “their task is completed, their duty was well done and they are going home.”
DiTomo ended the service with an Irish blessing.