Fire Chief Mastin's Prepared Remarks
Monday, Sept. 10, Fairfax County 9/11 Memorial Grove Garden
Prepared Remarks for 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony by Fire Chief Ronald Mastin
It’s an honor and privilege to be here this morning on the sixth anniversary of 9-11.
We are here today to pay tribute and honor those who gave their lives that tragic morning, six years ago.
It is right and just that we stand here today in this beautiful setting to again focus our undivided attention and thoughts on those who lost their lives and their loved ones who have endured much. As we think back to that awful day, and the days following, it brings back the anguish and stark reality of a day that will never be forgotten by everyone who lived through that horrible day.
As we reflect and think back on those terrible hours and days of yesteryear, we should think back on how this event changed our lives.
Without a doubt—it has changed our lives.
We now pay our respects, and remember those who lost their lives. We continue to support and remember all those who were affected on that awful day.
It is also important and appropriate that we recognize our first responders and the many others, who gave us heroes; as they courageously risked everything for those who needed help.
They gave their all; without hesitation, without a second-thought, and many pushed aside any personal consequence. Their courage and bravery stand out; it gave us hope; and helped us through it all. It helps us today as well.
As you know, the fire service lost 343 of our bravest that day. We will never forget their personal sacrifice.
We must also not forget the many others, who are now in a battle for their health as a result of their personal sacrifice in the days following this tragedy.
We must remember all those affected by this catastrophic event; we honor all those that were lost that day, and we pay tribute to their noble and selfless service and their ultimate sacrifice.
This remembrance provides us a brief moment to reflect on this real and emotional event that will live on forever—in our hearts, minds, and souls.
We continue to recommit ourselves; we must be strong, and continue our commitment in being prepared to respond when called upon.
Coming together today helps us strengthen and renew that commitment to each other; and to remember those who have bravely fallen trying to help.