About a dozen people came to Santa Maria Fire Department’s Station 5 Friday morning to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
The annual event included a message that was sent out over the fire department’s radio to remember all who lost their lives 19 years ago. The station’s flag was lowered to half-staff and firemen sounded the engine’s horns as a tribute.
Those in attendance talked about where they were when the tragic events began to unfold that day and Captain Brett Smith with the Santa Maria Fire Department encouraged everyone to treat each other kindly and with respect.
"I believe it’s even more important in these times right now as a country to stand together in solidarity. It’s a day we always need to remember and never forget. We lost a lot of public safety members, lost a lot of citizens. It’s a day that will live in infamy and we need to always remember that, especially during this pandemic. Like I said, it’s a time to stand together and remember,” Capt. Smith said.
A 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony was also held at the Lompoc Fire Department. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department canceled its in-person event this year and instead broadcast it live.