It was very touching and such an honor to have been there.
The crowds gathered by the pier in Huntington Beach. Many people had to stand as there were not enough seats for everyone. Several people even stood up on the pier to watch.
Before things got on their way the Firemen got together to discuss what they were going to say.
The bag pipes could be heard through out the beach calling everyone to come join in as we all remembered.
The flag was flown half mass to honor all those who have fallen.
The Pledge of Allegiance was said. It seemed to be louder then normal and said with much pride by all who were there.
People bowed their heads as the Police Chaplin lead us all in prayer. There was a loud Amen at the end.
Before telephones and radios were around the Fire Department used to ring a bell when one of their own had died. It was a way to let the people in the neighborhood know. That tradition is still done today.
To honor those who were no longer with us each war that America had been in as well as 9/11 was read off and after each one the bell was rung.
Amazing Grace was played on the bag pipes as this was done.
Many ended up going to New York to help with the rescue and clean up. Some knew people who were killed.
All talked about the brave men and women who helped to save life's. They all agreed that those people did not LOSE their life's but rather freely GAVE their life in order to save others.
Then there was a 21 Gun Salute to honor all those who were no longer with us.
It was touching, sad and also left me feeling very proud that I am an American and live in a Country were Freedom rings.