ANKENY, Iowa — The City of Ankeny hosted a 9/11 observance Thursday at the City’s Main Fire Station. Members of the public came to pay their respects not just to those who died in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, but to those emergency personnel who serve Ankeny.
Dennis Liberty serves as the Chaplin for the Ankeny Fire Department. He encouraged people to remember this day by trying to do all the good we can. He also said it is important that the memory of this day be passed on top the next generation. “My biggest concern is we forget what happens in the past, because the past tends to repeat itself,” said Liberty.
Mayor Gary Lorenz noted his respect for those first responders in Ankeny who are often in harms way. “Take time out of your day to remember and more importantly never forget what happened to our country 13 years ago,” said Lorenz.
Ankeny’s Fire Chief James Clack said that remembering important life events happens to every generation. He said grandparents remembered Pearl Harbor. In his own youth he could remember the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the first men to walk on the face of the moon, and the explosion of the Shuttle Challenger.
He said the September 11, 2001 event is the same type of generational date. ” I would bet you remember exactly where you were, and what you were doing, when you heard the news or saw those images that are being replayed today,” said Clack.
The ceremony closed with the ringing of the fire truck bell, and the playing of “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes.