A Day of Remembrance on the 15th Anniversary of the Attack

September 23, 2016

by Len Lathrop

On the 15th anniversary of the attack on our county, the Windham Fire Department hosted a 9/11 memorial service.  It is 8:30 Sunday morning, 9/11/2016, it is overcast, but Windham firefighters and police officers lined on the station apron in front of the memorial ladder truck; decals had been added to the 1981 Spartan ladder to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11 and honor the work of those who survived.

Prior to being welcomed by Deputy Fire Chief William Martineau, the fire senior staff came to the dais the procession was accompanied by music from bagpiper Chris Spitalere.  Once all were assembled, the “Fireman’s Prayer” was read by Assistant Chief Ed Morgan and the “Patrolman’s Prayer” was read by Police Captain Michael Caron.

Chief Thomas McPherson offered words of remembrance of the day and the actions of those at the 9/11 site and how our nation came together to recover from these acts of terrorism.

5-5-5 was sounded on the memorial bell outside the station by Lt. James Brown as Lt. William Brown lowered the flag to half staff.

Firefighter Scott Zins read the poem “The 343” written by William Mackle, FDNY retired.

Selectman Ross McLeod addressed those in attendance; he thanked everyone who continue to organized this memorial for 14 times and thanked the citizens who were there to offer their prayers and respect.

Firefighter Bill Merrill spoke of memorial climbs of the New Hampshire 48 highest peaks with firefighters placing flags on the top each year on 9/11.

Chief McPherson thanked whose in attendance and invited all into the station for coffee and breakfast treats.