A 9/11 remembrance ceremony took place at Kern Valley High School Friday. The school is currently serving as the incident command station for fire crews battling the California wildfires and a few of the firefighters are from the New York Fire Department.
Some of them were there when 9/11 happened and speeches were made during the ceremony to recognize the importance of the day. It was an emotional time as many recounted and remembered why it is important to pay respects to those that made the ultimate sacrifice.
"We're so far removed now and its been 19 years away. It is so important to remember and teach the young that every year we need to get together like this what September 11th means to not only the fire service and wildland communities but to all first responders... to all Americans and really its an important day to remember the events of that day and how it changed all of our lives," said Lt. Anthony Watts of Engine 92 in the Bronx.
Watts continued to say that it is important to remember what was lost, the individual acts of bravery, and first responders hoping to carry on their legacy.