The inclement weather seemed to compliment the somber ceremony at the Houston Police Memorial near downtown. It began at 8:59. That's the moment the first World Trade Center tower collapsed after it was hit by one of four commercial passenger jets that were hijacked. As part of the ceremony, a bell was rung 8 times and later, a wreath to honor those who died was presented by Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt and HoustonÎ¾ Fire Chief Phil Boriskie. This is Chief Boriskie:
"Just the sacrifice that these firefighters and police officers endured, almost knowing the probability of them not surviving, going up those towers to rescue people in need. There were 343 firefighters, three thousand civilians and,Î¾ this is our time to remember their sacrifice that they did."
Police Chief Hurtt says it is important that the memories of loved ones who died be kept alive:
"To the innocent victims that were going about their everyday lives, we need to remember those people. And also, this is an opportunity for us to send a message to those that were responsible. America has not forgotten, and will never forget."
A giant American flag was hoisted and displayed by two fire trucks. All told, 2,993 people, including the hijackers of the four planes, died in the attack eight years ago.
PH, KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.