Guam remembers victims of 9/11 attacks
It's been 18 years since the series of terroristic attacks against the United States, but it's a day we will never forget.
Today we remember the 2,966 people and over 6,000 injured in the attacks on September 11th, 2001. Throughout the island, many tributes and ceremonies were held. This morning, the Rotary Club of Northern Guam held its peace and wreath laying ceremony at Puntan Dos Amantes. Ringing the bell at the ceremony was President Elect for the Rotary Club of Guam Sunrise Phillip Tutnauer, who was a firefighter for 36 years in New Jersey.
"People here on Guam have been incredible since I've been here. Very sensitive, very loving people. Here on Guam, thousands of miles away, you still felt it," he shared. "By having a memorial service it allows us time to grieve."
Over at the Guam International Airport, a memorial stair climb was held in the lobby. The event was coordinated by United 4 Veterans and included several of the island's local and federal firefighters, customs, and TSA officers. Brandon Sana is a firefighter with the Guam Fire Department and PIO for the non-profit Fire Organization for Activities and Morale.
He told KUAM News, "What we want tot the community to recognize is that even though we're all the way out here, it's still very important to recognize what happened almost 20 years ago and how Guam has the highest military per capita, we've also lost over 60 sons and daughters since 9/11."
Up north, the Andersen Fire Department also held a ceremony, with members climbing the AAFB traffic control tower for the 343 firefighters that climbed the twin towers and died that day.
And a way of saying thank you to Guam's local heroes, Jamaican Grill held its 18th anniversary memorial commemoration luncheon at all three of their locations. Local and military police officers, firefighters, and paramedics feasted on their chicken and ribs meal, ja-mango tea and cake free of charge.
The restaurant has been doing this annually to remember the sacrifices that were made by the frontline of New York City's police, fire, and paramedics on 9/11.