Oahu's emergency responders take part in 9/11 Remembrance Walk

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hundreds of Oahu's emergency responders and others took part in the Mayor's Remembrance Walk Sunday to honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle called the terror attacks "cowardly acts of violence." He led police, firefighters, paramedics, civil defense personnel, federal law enforcement officers, military members and others on a march through the streets of Honolulu.

The sounds of Celtic pipes and drums filled the air. The procession, which began at the Honolulu Police Department's main station, made stops at the Honolulu Fire Department's headquarters and across the Federal Building before arriving at the Eternal Flame Memorial on the front lawn of Honolulu Hale.

The heads of the different agencies presented wreaths at the monument, which was dedicated two months after the attacks in honor of the victims.

"While they succeeded in bending the steel of the Trade Center, they will not bend the steely resolve of the United States of America," Carlisle said.

"We are safer today than we were 10 years ago," Chief Louis Kealoha, Honolulu Police Department, said. "However, we must remain vigilant and prepared so this tragedy is never again repeated."

The crowd included Caleigh and Delia Fabro, twin sisters who were seven years old in 2001. Their uncle was a New York firefighter who was buried in the rubble for three days and survived.

"Now that I'm older looking at it, it was like, wow, all these people died. This wasn't just a bad movie," Caleigh Fabro, Remembrance Walk participant, said. "I'm really happy that people remember, people never forget. I really hope no one ever, ever forgets."

The ceremony also included the playing of Taps and "God Bless America," as well as a flyover by a law enforcement helicopter.

The Mayor's Remembrance Walk featuring Oahu's first responders is an annual event.

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