Buchanan holds annual 9-11 Memorial Walk
By Matt de Simone
Last Saturday at Buchanan Town Park, the Botetourt community participated in the annual 9-11 Memorial Walk. The event honored the men and women who tragically lost their lives in the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the downed plane in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001.
Retired firefighter and event coordinator Bill Price led the proceedings. His speech painted a picture of the events and mentioned individuals who bravely lost their lives and those who made sacrifices that Americans will never forget.
Price introduced the event’s guest speaker, retired FDNY firefighter Al Weber, who experienced ground zero firsthand and spent the following months aiding in the clean-up and rescue efforts.
“It really warms my heart to see people come out and help remember those who will never be forgotten,” Weber stated to the crowd. “This is not my story; this is your story. I truly appreciate it. When I get back home (to Pennsylvania), I’ll be sure to tell all my friends about you, this event, and just how wonderful it is.”
Price’s sons Keegan and Gavin read a poem to close the opening ceremonies.
Firefighters, first responders, and community members from throughout the county walked a “Trail of Heroes” for 102 minutes. They paused periodically to remember those who lost their lives during the attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.