Sedona Fire District to toll bell for 9/11 anniversary

SEDONA --The Sedona Fire District will remember the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 this Sunday at SFD Fire Station #1, beginning at 6:59 a.m., the Arizona moment of the 2001 attacks. The ceremony will be held at the flagpole located in front of the station at 2860 Southwest Drive.

The public is invited to attend. Firefighters at all Sedona fire stations will join in at their respective fire stations. The ceremony will include the Tolling of the Bell, lowering our nation's flag, a moment of silence, and the reading of the Firefighter's Prayer.

Tolling of the Bell

Long before there were telephones and radios, fire departments used the telegraph to communicate. When the handle was pulled on the once familiar red fire alarm boxes found on almost every street corner in America, a special code was transmitted to every fire station. When a firefighter died in the line of duty, the fire alarm office would tap out a special signal. That signal was 5 measured dashes, a pause, 5 measured dashes, a pause and 5 measured dashes. This became known as the Tolling of the Bell and was broadcast over all telegraph fire alarm circuits. This signal was a sign of honor and respect for all firefighters who had made the ultimate sacrifice and has become a time honored tradition.

Let us never forget the tremendous sacrifices we incurred that day. Let us always honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our nation's liberty by fighting our foes to defend us all from terrorism.

The remembrance of the day includes all the victims of the tragedy on 9/11: fire service, law enforcement and civilians alike, including the families of those who were lost in all three attack sites: the World Trade Center in New York City; the Pentagon in Arlington, Va.; and the crash-site in Shanksville, Pa.

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