Milton Fire Department hosted a Sept. 11 ceremony in Milton Memorial Park to honor the memory of those who died in the 9/11 attacks.
The event honored the civilians and first responders that died in the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon, and those aboard United Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pa.
Retired New York City firefighter Clifford Stabner, a member of Rescue Company 3, which lost six members in the South Tower, responded to the World Trade Center that day.
Stabner said his first memory of arriving at the scene was seeing the landing gear and wheel of a jumbo jet in the street. He described how quiet it was; the only thing that could be heard was the sound of distress alarms emanating from the packs of fallen firefighters. Stabner also recalled the courage of firefighters who went into the buildings knowing they probably wouldn’t come out. Stabner himself later participated in cleanup efforts at Ground Zero.
Following Stabner’s speech, wreaths were placed in the Broadkill River honoring members of the fire, police and emergency medical services who died in the attacks. The public participated by placing flowers and American flags at a table set with firefighter gear and uniforms. Dover Fire Department’s bagpipes and drums band also played. RYAN MAVITY PHOTOS