9-11 ceremony scheduled today in Rotunda

The Helena Fire Department will present its annual Emergency Services 9-11 ceremony at 1:30 today at the State Capitol Rotunda.

The ceremony will honor the commitment and ultimate sacrifice of hundreds of firefighters, law enforcement officers, dispatchers and emergency responders who selflessly served the public after the World Trade Center was attacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001.

The 17th anniversary of those attacks will also recognize local city and rural first responders, and their colleagues across the country who stand ready when disaster strikes.

Guest speakers will include Gov. Steve Bullock, Congressman Greg Gianforte, Attorney General Tim Fox and Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins.

And in honor of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, Gov. Bullock has ordered all flags flown in the state be flown at half-staff in observance of Patriot Day and National Day of Service.

In his declaration, issued yesterday afternoon, Bullock said that each year, Sept. 11 reminds us of how much we lost, but also what brought our nation together and what binds us as Americans.

Bullock said we owe an enormous debt to our men and women in the Armed Forces and to our first responders.

“We are truly blessed,” he said, “to live amongst these heroes who are willing to give so much to ensure the safety of our communities.”