Chief Collins-Brown announces a modified September 11th Remembrance for the Town of Topsfield this year on 9/11/2020. The ceremony will be extremely brief and in compliance with federal, state, and local guidelines so as not to risk the spread of Coronavirus. The chief invites anyone interested in participating to come to the Town Common at 9:55 AM, in order to refrain from assembling in a large group, anyone wishing to observe the remembrance ceremony is asked to either remain inside your vehicle, or outside it, staying in close proximity to it. Anyone not in a vehicle is asked to remain respectful of other people’s space, and only stand with people you live with. It is important that these guidelines be followed, so that the short ceremony be allowed to occur without risking the health or safety of anyone present. The attacks on our nation that occurred on September 11, 2001, the resulting loss of thousands of Americans and other nationals, 343 firefighters and EMTs from the FDNY, 23 Officers of the NYPD, and 37 Port Authority Officers was a devastating blow which we as a nation pledged to Never Forget. Since that day, things have changed constantly and we as public safety officials are faced with threats to the health and safety of our citizens we never could have predicted. The fact is that remembering our fallen brothers and sisters is important, as is preventing spread of a deadly virus. It is in light of this fact that the we reiterate the need for anyone wishing to observe the ceremony to do so in a safe and respectful manner. At 10:00 AM, Police and Fire personnel with exit their apparatus, standing at attention. A ceremonial bell will be rung, striking box 5-5-5-5, traditionally struck to signify a line of duty death. The American Flag on the Common will then be lowered to half-mast, followed by a 1-minute moment of silence, then a prayer by Chaplain Larry Atkins. Box 5-5-5-5 will ring out again, the flag will be raised, and the ceremony will be concluded. We encourage anyone interested in attending to bring and wave American Flags as a symbol of faith in the American people and a way to honor the lives lost on 9/11 and those who we continue to lose as a result of injuries and illnesses sustained during the aftermath of the attacks.
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