VIENNA - With the message ''You Are Not Forgotten 9/11/01'' posted on the Vienna Fire Department's sign, a newly dedicated plaque will remind all who stop at the fire station of the 343 firefighters in New York City who died trying to save others following terrorist attacks 12 years ago.
The plaque was placed Wednesday at the department's 9/11 memorial created two years ago as a tribute to all those who lost their lives that day. More than 35 people attended the township's memorial service outside the fire station.
The department constructed the memorial at the front of the station, which also includes two beams from one of the Twin Towers that firefighters traveled in 2011 to New York to get.
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Vienna fire Chief Richard Brannon explains the newest addition to the 9/11 Memorial in front of the station is a plaque naming the 343 firefighters in New York City who died that day.
Lt. John Hinely said, ''It has been 12 years since that terrible day when so many lost their lives on 9/11. Today we come together to remember all who lost their lives that day and to also pay tribute to all the firefighters, paramedics, police and workers who died.
''We do this to honor those who put their lives on the line and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice,'' Hinely said.
Fire Chief Richard Brannon said the plaque was engraved by Etching Unlimited in Cortland. It names the 343 firefighters in New York who lost their lives that day.
Brannon said 9-11 will always burn in the mind of people everywhere as terrorist attacks at the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., resulted in the death of near 3,000 people and the injuries of thousands of others.
''I think often of the many innocent victims caught up in that cowardly attack on American soil. We as Americans and Vienna citizens will not let Sept. 11 pass without remembering all those who were lost that day and the firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice,'' Brannon said.