Whether attending a special remembrance ceremony, or taking a personal moment alone, there are several ways to pay respects on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. For example, Castle …
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Whether attending a special remembrance ceremony, or taking a personal moment alone, there are several ways to pay respects on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
For example, Castle Rock Community Relations Manager Melissa Hoelting said the Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department has several options for residents to choose from.
To take part in personal reflection, Hoelting said residents can stop by two 9/11 memorials in town. The two memorials are located at Station 151, 300 Perry St., and the Public Safety Training Center, at 303 Malibu St. These are always open to the public, Hoelting said.
Thanks to the work of local firefighter Oren Bersagel-Briese, the memorial at the Public Safety Training Center was officially put in place in 2021 after six years of work.
The steel-box column recovered from Ground Zero that is now on display weighs 350 pounds and took years to be built into a proper memorial. After the memorial was completed, Bersagel-Briese, a Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department division chief at the training center, said, having a piece of Ground Zero in Castle Rock is an honor.
Bersagel-Briese said he chose the training center for the new memorial because it is a place where both firefighters and Castle Rock police officers come to train, noting that on 9/11 both police and firefighters ran to the World Trade Center together to save lives.
Hoelting said the public is also welcome to attend an in-person remembrance ceremony in conjunction with the Veterans Memorial Run. The ceremony will begin as soon as all of the runners have completed the run, which is slated to be between 2 and 3 p.m. This ceremony will be held at Station 152, 485 Crystal Valley Parkway.
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