Salute to Heroes honors first responders, military
CHESTER — Two candles on the stage in the outdoor seating area at The Jetty Dock Bar were lit by Justin Davis in memory of Bruce Smith and Pat Andrew, who both died within the past two years.
The candles were lit to honor their memory during the annual Salute to Heroes held on Sept. 11 each year to recognize the bravery and sacrifice first responders and military personnel made that day 16 years ago, as well as to pay tribute to those who continue to ser ve.
The ceremony began with a procession of colors by the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps Color Guard through the outdoor seating area, led by Randy Welch on the bagpipe and Rob Murray on the drums. Queen Anne’s County first responders, including representatives from the sheriff’s office and the Department of Emergency Services, marched single file through the standing crowd.
“Today we remember Sept. 11, 2001, when this country was cowardly attacked by an enemy that caused great pain and death to our citizens of the United States,” said Phil Dumenil, former county commissioner and event Master of Ceremonies. “So tonight we remember our first responders and our military and everybody that came to us and helped us that day. Today, we remember and this day moving forward, we never forget that dreadful day.”
Major Scott Willens with the United States Army sang the “Star Spangled Banner” after Dumenil lead those in the bar in the Pledge of Allegiance. Willens later in the ceremony performed, “I’m Proud To Be An American,” as well as “God Bless America,” to close the event.
Jacqueline Olson with the Maryland State Firemen’s Association said she remembered who she was with, where she was at and what she was doing when the news came of the attack in 2001. “We will not forget the men and the bravery that they did when they ran into the building when everybody was running out,”
Justin Davis, Salute to the Heroes event organizer, read about why remember Sept. 11, 2001 is important and should not be forgotten during the 2017 Salute to the Heroes event at The Jetty Dock Bar on Monday, Sept. 11.
People at The Jetty Dock Bar attending the 2017 Salute to Heroes event raise a glass to toast those men and women who died serving their communities on Sept. 11, 2001, and to honor those serving today.
First responders gather outside The Jetty Dock Bar in Grasonville on Monday night prior to a service remembering Sept. 11, 2001, and the first responders who served.