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Gravette Fire Department hosts fourth 9/11 memorial

by Susan Holland | September 13, 2022 at 8:50 a.m.
Westside Eagle Observer/SUSAN HOLLAND Members of the Gravette Fire Department and Police Department and other area departments stand at attention before the September 11 memorial observance Sunday morning in Harps parking lot. This is the fourth year the departments have held a memorial to remember those first responders who lost their lives in the tragedy.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette Fire Department, along with Gravette police officers and firemen from Maysville Fire Department, held their fourth 9/11 memorial observance Sunday morning in the parking lot at Gravette's Harps grocery store.

Temperatures dropped into the mid-50s Saturday night and a slight breeze was blowing Sunday morning, but several people came out to honor those first responders killed in the World Trade Center attack, despite the chilly weather.

Emergency vehicles from participating departments ringed the south side of the parking lot

and a large U.S. flag, hung on the side of the center fire truck, provided a backdrop for the ceremony.

Firemen and police officers stood at attention to open the observance while a recording of emergency messages received on the morning of the tragedy was played. Gravette fire chief David Orr welcomed all to the ceremony and gave a brief review of events on the morning of Sept. 11. He read statistics about the attack, including that 343 first responders were killed in the attacks.

At 8:59 a.m., the local time when the first Trade Center tower fell, the lights on all the emergency vehicles were turned on, and participating officers once again stood at attention, this time for 3 minutes and 43 seconds to honor those who lost their lives.

The plaintive notes of a funeral dirge played on the bagpipes were heard and the ceremony was ended with a prayer. Following the ceremony, Chief Orr rang the fire bell three times, the traditional signal for firemen to return home to quarters.

photo Westside Eagle Observer/SUSAN HOLLAND Gravette fire chief David Orr recounts the events of the September 11 tragedy in which airliners crashed into the World Trade Center towers and 343 first responders were killed. Members of Orr’s Gravette Fire Department, Gravette police officers and other area departments held their fourth memorial Sunday morning to remember those who lost their lives in the incident.

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