HAGERSTOWN — Bells tolled and bugles sounded at Hagerstown City Park Tuesday evening as the community paused to remember emergency personnel and those in the armed forces who lost their lives in the line of duty.
Some stopped to reminisce in front of the 9/11 memorial at the park about the day 12 years ago, a beautiful late summer day not unlike Tuesday, when two planes flew into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon was attacked, and passengers fought with hijackers as they brought down an airliner near Shanksville, Pa.
Remembrance in the Park was a tribute to lost lives, at war and at home, to terrorist attacks and other emergencies.
“Tonight we pay tribute to all those who lost their lives before, on and after Sept. 11, 2001. We pay tribute to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice while keeping our community safe,” said Kevin Lewis, director of Washington County Emergency Services. “We recognize all of our first responders who continue to reaffirm their dedication to serve, and to recognize the many dedicated citizen volunteers that made not only our county but our country stronger each and every day.”