BOISE -- On Saturday, the nine-year anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, it was a day to remember in New York, across the nation and right here in Idaho. Even thoughIdahoans were thousands of miles away, people were very affected then and are still affected to this day. They've also never forgotten those who werelost.
Boise firefighters, elected officials, and people in the community gathered at the Idaho Fallen Firefighter Memorial Saturday morning.
9/11 is probably the most significant single event of the lifetimes of anyone that has been born since World War Two, said Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick.
It feels like just yesterday for me, said Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan. But some of the younger firefighters that we've hired, that are 19 or 20 years old, they were only 10 or 11 years old when this happened. And that's another reason this is important, so that we can talk about it. We can remember it. We can discuss it with them, the lessons learned both here in Idaho, in Boise City, and in New York.
We've all been touched in some way, said Minnick. And it's important that we all recognize these people who are willing to sacrifice their own lives to make sure their fellow citizens can live their lives and live in a civilized society.
Down the road in Nampa, the Never Forget Golf Tournament was held.
We have a little saying, 'Have you forgotten, 23, 343, 37?' said Kevin Gould, the tournament's director. Those numbers represent the paramedics, firefighters, and police officers that made the ultimate sacrifice on that day.
Pipers, drums, honor guards and skydivers helped the first responders come together with the community to remember.
I think we need more awareness, said Gould. We're just trying to get the first responders together, all the different entities, along with the citizens of the Treasure Valley. And it's a small token of what needs to happen.
We want to keep the memory alive, said Bob Mercurio, a Hailey Firefighter. We don't want to forget what happened. But it's also to understand why it happened. And to hopefully move forward, and never forget.
And even though the attacks of September 11th happened across the countrynine years ago, it seems no one here will ever forget.