Many remember tragedy in nation's history

By Howard Dashefsky - bio | email

PEARL HARBOR (KHNL) - Federal firefighters took time to honor all the lives lost on September 11 seven years ago, including 343 firefighters who died in the line of duty.

Seven years, and thousand of miles away, you can still see it in their faces.

The pain and sadness from a day never to be forgotten.

These men and women, who protect those who defend America, reflected on the brave people who lost their lives at the hands of a crude and barbaric act.

"Those who died on 9-11 represented many nations. Civilian and military, lord, we ask a special blessing upon the family members, friend, fireman, policemen, emergency personnel and others who continue to struggle with the reality and memories of this terrible tragedy in our nation's history."

In a tribute rich in symbolism, they pay homage to firefighters who sacrificed their own lives to save others.

A white table cloth to symbolize the purity of their intentions.

A white rose for those who retired, a red rose for those no longer with us.

A slice of lemon surrounded by salt signifying a bitter fate and tears of loved ones and the lighting of a single candle. An eternal flame to honor their sacrifice.

"Your brothers were fighting terrible heat. I think they told me it was something like two thousand degrees. They were frustrated because they couldn't go look for survivors," said Navy Chaplain Douglas White.