Rockwall remembers the victims of 9/11 during memorial ceremony at Heroes Bridge

9/11 memorial ceremony at State Highway 66 bridge in Rockwall

ROCKWALL, TX – September 11, 2020 — Today marks 19 years since the terror attacks on the the World Trade Center twin towers and the U.S. Pentagon. This morning, the Third Watch LE Motorcycle Club joined the community for a memorial ceremony at the SH 66 Bridge (dubbed the Heroes Bridge).

“There are so many stories that surround the heroic efforts of that day, of the heroes who rushed in, most knowing they’d never survive,” said John Salerno, a 9/11 survivor and retired NYPD detective, as he addressed those in attendance. “Some of them made calls home and said goodbye to loved ones. Many hugged each other in the lobby of the trade center. Some just gave nods, because they knew that was the last they would see of them as they ascended those staircases. But they all knew one thing: there are people that need help, and that’s what we do.”9/11 memorial ceremony at State Highway 66 bridge in Rockwall

9/11 memorial ceremony at State Highway 66 bridge in Rockwall

A total of 2,977 people died as a result of the terror attacks, with 412 of those including first responders in New York City answering the call to the World Trade Center. Third Watch welcomed area first responders to read out the names of those 412 emergency workers who lost their lives to save those trapped inside. Of those included 343 firefighters with the New York City Fire Department; 37 police officers with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department; 23 police officers of the New York City Police Department; eight emergency medical technicians and paramedics from private emergency medical services; and one patrolman from the New York Fire Patrol.

Gabino Martinez
Live speed painter Gabino Martinez completed this patriotic art in seven minutes at the opening of the 9/11 memorial ceremony.

May we never forget those who lost their lives that fateful day.

By Austin Wells, Blue Ribbon News.

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