Fire District 1 dedicates Edmonds 9-11 Memorial as ‘a gift to all of you’

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The American Flag flies at half staff in the shadow of the steel girder from the wreckage of the Twin Towers, which now stands as the centerpiece of the new Edmonds 9-11 Memorial.
The American flag flies at half staff in the shadow of the steel girder from the wreckage of the Twin Towers, which now stands as the centerpiece of the new Edmonds 9-11 Memorial.

More than 50 firefighters, police, government officials and citizens gathered at precisely 11 minutes after 9 on Friday morning in front of Edmonds Fire Station 17 to mark the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center by dedicating a new memorial to all those who lost their lives that day.

 Edmonds Firefighter Dave "Bronco" Erickson, who spearheaded the project from conception through completion, served as master of ceremonies at Friday's dedication of the 9-11 Memorial.
Edmonds Firefighter Dave “Bronco” Erickson, who spearheaded the project from conception through completion, served as master of ceremonies at Friday’s dedication of the 9-11 Memorial.

“This monument was built by firefighters to honor not only our brother and sister firefighters, police and other responders who died that day, but to honor all 3,000 innocent lives that were lost,” said Edmonds firefighter Dave “Bronco” Erickson. “It stands in remembrance of all of them.”

Erickson spearheaded the project to bring a 1-ton steel I-beam from the wreckage of the World Trade Center to Edmonds, and make it the centerpiece of the new memorial. The memorial has been his vision and his passion for more than five years, and included a trip to ground zero to personally escort the beam back to Edmonds (see My Edmonds News coverage here.

Erickson with wife Elle and son Forrest.
Erickson with wife Elly and son Forrest.

Secured in place earlier this week, the beam is flanked by two stainless steel and glass panels symbolizing the twin towers and composed of 3,000 individual glass facets honoring the 3,000 who died that day. Within the panels are 60 blue and 434 red facets arranged in an American Flag pattern to honor the police officers and firefighters who lost their lives as they fought to help and rescue victims.

“I want to give heartfelt thanks to the fire district and all who worked on making this memorial a reality,” said Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling. “To walk around this monument is truly a moving experience, one we should always remember.”

At the conclusion of remarks, Edmonds Police Officer Debbie Dawson raised her bugle and sent the strains of Amazing Grace wafting over the crowd. As the last note faded, the assembled firefighters snapped to attention and gave a slow salute as Dawson played taps.

“This park is a gift to all of you,” said Erickson in closing. “It stands as a timeless reminder of the sacrifice and loss of those who paid the ultimate price. Use it as a place of solitude, refuge and contemplation. May you find solace, comfort and closure here, now and for generations to come.”

You can see a video of the entire ceremony:

— Story, photos and videos by Larry Vogel

As the crowd dispersed, the sunlight caught the facets in the two steel panels representing the World Trade Center towers that fell in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
As the crowd dispersed, the sunlight caught the facets in the two steel panels representing the World Trade Center towers that fell in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

3 COMMENTS

  1. That was an amazing dedication, and such an honor for Edmonds to have this memorial. Thank you Bronco and the rest of your crew for the hard work it took to make this happen.

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