Hillsborough County Honors the 20th Anniversary of Sept. 11 with Patriot Day Ceremony
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Hillsborough County, Fla. (Sept. 11, 2021) - Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, Consumer & Veterans Services, and the Veterans Council of Hillsborough County hosted its 20th Anniversary of Patriot Day: 9/11 Remembrance ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 11.
The event was attended by first responders, military representatives, civic leaders, and the public at Veterans Memorial Park & Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr. Veterans Museum, 3602 U.S. Highway 301 N., Tampa, FL, 33619.
The ceremony, the guest speakers, and the people in attendance contributed to a wonderful tribute to the lives lost and the sacrifices made as a result of the attacks on America on Sept. 11, 2001.
Speakers included Hillsborough County Administrator Bonnie Wise, Kathryn Driver, executive director of the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County and Fly for Freedom co-founder, and Col. Jason J. Loschinskey, Commander of the 6th Mission Support Group at MacDill Air Force Base.
The ceremony included:
- A unified Honor Guard with representatives from Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, Plant City Fire Rescue, and Temple Terrace Fire Rescue
- A giant American flag hoisted by Hillsborough County Fire Rescue ladder trucks
- A traditional rifle salute and taps
- A solemn escort and procession of a solid 135-pound section of a steel beam salvaged from the World Trade Center twin towers that resides at Veterans Memorial Park
- A fire service bell ceremony conducted by Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Brian Muldowney, who honored the lives lost on Sept. 11, including the life of his late brother Richard Muldowney, a New York City Fire Department firefighter who died on duty at Ground Zero.