The 20-year anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy arrives this Saturday.
To honor the occasion, the Seymour Fire Department has organized a special tribute, coordinated by Bob Crump, the city of Seymour’s emergency-management director, which will be held on the southwest corner of the city square.
The event will start just minutes after the conclusion of the Seymour Apple Festival’s parade this Saturday morning, located in front of the Seymour Police Station.
Crump said several groups will participate.
Seymour’s Wilson-Alexander American Legion Post No. 306 will bring a color guard.
The Seymour High School “Tiger Pride” band, under the direction of Caroline Collins, also will be present.
The Seymour Lions Club will have its American flags up throughout the city. Normally, this is done for the annual festival; however, Crump said that this year the flags also are up in remembrance of the 9/11 20-year anniversary.
There will be a gun salute by the American Legion, then the band will play “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the national anthem.
Also set is a moment of silence to remember the tragedy of 9/11 and those who lost their lives.
All veterans of U.S. military service in Afghanistan will be recognized, as well as all U.S. military veterans, all first responders, all police officers and those who serve in law enforcement and all EMS workers.
“They don’t have to be in uniform, and those who are to be honored don’t have to be local ... they can be from anywhere,” Crump noted.
When the national anthem is played by the band, the American flag will be raised on the Seymour Fire Department ladder truck.
Once the anthem ends, the ceremony concludes.
“We just want to say thank you to everyone who worked 9/11 and then served in the aftermath,” Crump said. “This is our 20-year anniversary memorial, and it’s our way to say thank you and God bless America.”