Chief Neuhard's Remarks

Sept. 11, 2006
Prepared Remarks by Fairfax County Fire Chief Michael Neuhard


It’s an honor and privilege to again be here this morning. Thank You for taking the time to be here and remember with us.

We are here today to honor and pay tribute to those who perished that disastrous morning, five years ago.

It is just and right that we stand here today in this beautiful garden, to again focus our undivided attention and thoughts on those who lost their lives.  As we think back to that fateful day, and the days following, it brings back the heart rending and stark reality of a day that will never be forgotten by all those who lived through it.

As we reflect and relive those tragic hours and days, we should think back on how this event changed our lives.

We now pay our respects, and remember those who lost their lives--and, we continue to support all those who lost loved ones.

It is also important and proper 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 without personal consequence.  Their bravery stands out; gave us hope; and helped us through this unforgettable tragedy.

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 are in a battle for their health as a result of their personal sacrifice in continuing to help those in need. 

We must remember all those affected by this catastrophe; we honor all those that were lost that day, and we pay tribute to their noble and selfless service and their sacrifice.

This remembrance provides us a brief moment to reflect on this real and emotional event that will live on—in our hearts, minds, and souls, forever.

We must continue to recommit ourselves; to preventing a disaster such as this from happening again; and to be prepared to respond when called upon, no matter what the call.

Coming together today helps us strengthen our commitment to each other and to our values; and to celebrate and remember those who have bravely fallen trying to help others.

Thank you.


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