Local city and fire officials plan to host various Patriot Day ceremonies to recognize 9/11 and invite community members to remember the day with them.
Marysville’s Sept. 11 ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Marysville Public Library at 6120 Grove St.
The Marysville Fire District and the city of Marysville will put on the event.
“The Mayor will give the keynote speech as usual,” said Martin McFalls, Marysville Fire District fire chief.
There will also be a bugle playing Taps and an honor guard presentation, he said.
For local officials, the day is also remembered as beloved Marysville Fire District veteran Jeff Thornton passed away due to cancer on the same day.
“For us, 9/11 nationwide and worldwide was a tragedy, but it’s a little bit more personal for us,” said McFalls.
“There’s always going to be that personal connection here in Marysville,” he said.
McFalls invites the community to come out and said he appreciates the local residents that help to remember 9/11.
“There are some years we’re not sure because of the day it lands on, but people always come out,” he said.
Arlington will host a ceremony at 7 p.m. at their downtown Station 46 at 137 N. Macleod Ave.
“This is an annual event we do each year,” said Arlington Fire Chief Dave Kraski.
“It’s kind of crazy to think that the kids graduating today may not have even be alive for 9/11. We just want to keep the memory alive,” he said.
The event is “nothing extravagant” he said, and usually takes about 20 minutes. Arlington Police Chief Jonathan Ventura and Kraski plan to talk about 9/11 at the event and they are hoping to be able to have a singer for the National Anthem.
Arlington’s ceremony is at their 9/11 memorial.
“We are one of the lucky recipients of a piece of steel of the tower from the debris,” said Kraski.
“We feel it is an obligation to continue to honor that,” he said.
North County Fire & EMS
North County Fire & EMS, which covers the area northeast of Arlington city limits to Stanwood, will hold an event throughout the day.
At dawn, staff members will line Highway 532 with 343 American flags in honor of the firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11.
Afterward, at 10 a.m., fire engines will do a slow procession to the main station at 8117 267th St. NW, in Stanwood, where a ceremony will be held.
An open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a lunch of hot dogs. Station tours are also available and there will be a bouncy house for children.
“We are trying to maintain the legacy of the memory of that day,” said Don Bartlett, assistant chief of operations at North County Fire & EMS.
“We do not want to forget what we lost and what it meant to our country,” he said.
This is the first time they have held an event like this, but they may continue in the future.
“This is also a reminder that there are a lot of stressors and pressures that can come with these types of jobs and we want to provide recognition and gratitude for that,” said Bartlett.