Beverly Hills News
BEVERLY HILLS—The Beverly Hills Fire Department (BHFD) hosted a memorial event on September 11 to commemorate those lost during 9/11 at the Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Garden.
The 9/11 Memorial Concert began with a ceremony at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a concert at 7:30 p.m. featuring music by the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic Orchestra, with Gary S. Greene as the conductor.
“This awe-inspiring garden honors all those who were lost, those devoted to keeping America safe and those of us who still believe all are created equal and have the right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness,” according to the Memorial Garden’s website.
The Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Garden opened in 2011 on the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. During the dedication ceremony, the flag was raised to half-staff, a bagpiper played “Amazing Grace” and the station bell was rung in order to honor the fallen.
“When a firefighter dies in the line of duty, it is the mournful toll of that bell that solemnly announced a comrade’s passing,” said BHFD Chief Tim Scranton at the ceremony. “To announce the loss, an officer would ring out a special signal of five-five-five. This would notify all personnel on the circuit that they had lost a fellow member of the fire service," he added.
Scranton and Capt. Joseph Matsch then placed a wreath at the foot of the memorial in the center of the Garden, which is a 30-foot twisted steel beam from the World Trade Center wreckage weighing 1,900 pounds that Beverly Hills received from the Port Authority of New York. The memorial is engraved with the names of the 2,977 identified victims and excerpts from the Declaration of Independence, “The Star Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful,” “My Country ”˜Tis of Thee” and the “Navy Hymn.”
“It is absolutely an iconic moment for the city of Beverly Hills,” said Mayor Barry Brucker referring to the Garden. “This is one of the defining times, where we celebrate peace and tolerance and everything that we stand for—everything that America stands for. I couldn’t be more proud of everyone involved," he added.
The Garden was funded by more than $350,000 in private donations and an additional $150,000 worth of donated materials, labor and supplies from contractors.
“I’m so grateful for everybody that’s touched us with this project,” Scranton said. “It was a labor of love. I think you can see that in every element here," he added.
The concert and ceremony took place at 455 North Rexford Drive on the grounds of the BHFD Headquarters.
For more information about the event, call 310-281-2703 or visit www.beverlyhills911memorial.org.
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