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Wed September 11, 2013
Local Memorials Honor 9/11 Victims And Fallen Lexington Officers
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Victims of the September 11th attacks are being remembered in downtown Lexington and on the University of Kentucky campus Wednesday.
Under a nearly cloudless sky like the one that overlooked Manhattan on 9/11, Lexington officers filed past the fallen Firefighter and Police Officer Memorials in Phoenix Park Tuesday morning. With the flag lowered and a wreath placed between the memorials, the crowd of about 50 heard brief remembrances of the day from FOP Lodge 4 president Mike Sweeney and Assistant Fire Chief Harold Hoskins.
"When we come to work, we don't want to forget that that's always out there. That's important for a day like today which is probably the most pivotal day of fire service history in the United States," Hoskins said.
In the crowd are men and women in biker vests with Brothers Keepers emblazoned on the back. Troy Randal is president of the motorcycle group made up of firefighters. He says the hundreds of miles between Lexington and the sites of the attacks do little to separate those who wear the uniform.
"A lot of people look at us and like, 'You don't even know that guy.' I'm like 'Yeah, I do.' I know enough. Just by knowing that they're a firefighter you know enough to know that you care for them and they're going to care for you. You've got their back and they're going to have your back," Randall said.
The names of the victims of 9/11 were also read aloud in front of the Main Building on the UK campus, with small flags posted for each life lost.