Boonsboro honors firefighters, police officers killed on 9/11

September 11, 2010|By MARIE GILBERT
  • Robert Glausier salutes as his float pauses at an arching American flag Saturday during Boonsboro's annual Sept. 11 Remembrance Parade. Glausier served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO -- It was "The Star-Spangled Banner" that struck an emotional chord with Shari Milons.

Standing with family and friends, she bowed her head and wiped away tears as the music played over a loudspeaker.

"It gets me every time," she said. "It makes you proud to be an American. Not a Republican. Not a Democrat. But an American."

Milons was among hundreds of people who lined Main Street Saturday night for Boonsboro's annual Sept. 11 Remembrance Parade.

There were emergency personnel, veterans, Scouts and baton twirlers, all making their way through town to the applause of onlookers who turned out to show that Sept. 11, 2001, has not been forgotten.

The parade was organized by First Hose Co. of Boonsboro.

"We've been doing this for the past nine years," said Vernon Brown, event organizer and member of the local fire company. "And every year, it gets bigger and bigger."


Brown said the parade is a way to honor the memory of the firefighters and police officers who lost their lives during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

And while it takes a lot of effort to coordinate the event, Brown said it's worth it.

"People always come up to us and say thank you," he said. "They appreciate having an event like this. And it's something we love doing."

Among the residents lining the sidewalk on Saturday were Winnie and Al Kudirka of Keedysville, who held a large American flag bearing the names of all of the responders who died on Sept. 11.

"This is the first year we've brought the flag," Winnie Kudirka said. "But we thought it was important to this."

The couple purchased the "heroes flag" at Antietam National Battlefield several years ago, she said.

"It's generated a lot of interest," she said. "Some people wanted to have their picture taken with it."

Rodger Waters of Hagerstown said this was the first year he attended the parade.

"But I'm glad I did," he said. "Today should be about remembering -- plus quite a few prayers for peace."

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