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Boonsboro remembers Sept. 11 with parade down Main Street

September 12, 2007|By HEATHER KEELS

BOONSBORO - It's been six years since the attacks that killed thousands of Americans, including hundreds of firefighters and rescue workers, but on Boonsboro's Main Street, the sidewalks were lined Tuesday with patriotic citizens eager to demonstrate that Sept. 11, 2001, is far from forgotten.

They were there to watch the baton twirlers, cheerleaders and marching bands that made their way through town in the annual Sept. 11 remembrance parade, organized by First Hose Co. of Boonsboro, but also to keep the date from passing without some acknowledgment of its significance and assertion of the nation's resilience.

"It's good for people to remember what happened," said William King, an emergency dispatch operator and firefighter with The Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway.

Meanwhile, many of the parade's most enthusiastic spectators were children who weren't even alive in 2001.

Children waved at the firefighters, giggled when the sirens let out their friendly "whoop-whoop" sounds, and scrambled to scoop up the candy thrown from the windows of police cars.

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A cheerleader stepped out of ranks to hand one of her pom-poms to 3-year-old Rocco Santore, whose father, Vinny Santore, brought him from Falling Waters, W.Va., to see his first parade.

For Chris Atkins, 45, of Rohrersville, the parade was a chance to show support for local fire and rescue personnel.

"Most of the firefighters in this area are volunteers, and they don't get enough credit," said Atkins, who held a sign reading "Thank You."

Atkins said the parade was bigger than last year's, and she'd love to see it continue to grow next year, possibly with the addition of local military servicemen.

"I think that'd be a nice tribute," she said.

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