YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – Today marks the
12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that claimed the lives of thousands.
Here in Yuma, one fire cadet joins the annual local tradition of
placing American flags outside the Yuma Fire Department's Station Two.
Aaron Wonders tells 13 On Your Side
he is placing them for fallen firefighters as his way of making sure they are
As a cadet, it is the best tribute
he can pay to those who paved a path for him
"I remember where I was and what I
was doing that day," Wonders says of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade
Center in New York City that forever shook our nation.
‘It's hard to believe it was real,"
he adds. "It was early in the morning when I saw a hole in the first building
and I thought it was a movie on TV."
Wonders remembers images of
firefighters, police officers and first responders risking their lives to save
Wonders says it had an influence on
him wanting to serve this country as a firefighter and EMS.
Today, in remembrance, Wonders and
other firefighters helped place 343 American flags outside the Yuma Fire Department, to represent the firefighters who bravely gave their lives to rescue victims inside the Twin Towers as they collapsed.
Placing flags in rows similar to
what is seen in military cemeteries is a tribute to remember heroes who lost
"To be participating in this
tradition, in this memorial, it's an honor to be here," he said.
Yuma Fire Engineer Paul Evancho and
his daughter Brittany started the tribute of placing the flags on the fire
department lawn each anniversary of September 11th.
The flags will be lit up at
night and they will stay on display until Thursday morning.
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