Fairfield Harbour Remembers 9/11

At a very moving ceremony on Thursday, September 11, several hundred Fairfield Harbour residents gathered to honor the first responders on that horrific day thirteen years earlier in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. A Marine Honor Guard from nearby Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point marched to the foot of Fairfield Harbour’s 911 monument where they presented the colors. The monument was erected using two girders from the World Trade Center. Officers of the Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department stood at attention as the Honor Guard marched past them after Bob Dumon played “God Bless America” on trumpet. A few of the Harbour’s youngest residents held small American flags and led the standing crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. The attendees then sang the “Star Spangled Banner” as Bob played it.

Chief Steven Soltow and Olympia VFD Chief Robert Mills placed a large red, white and blue floral wreath at the base of the monument. Bagpipers Phillip P. Buffa Jr. and Dennis Thompson of the Eastern Carolina Firefighters Pipes and Drums played “Going Home,” a traditional song for firefighters at funerals.

Many Harbour residents were personally affected by the brutal attack against our country, losing friends and family that fateful day, as a number of the NYC first responders were the children and relatives of some of the Harbour’s residents. Local dignitaries, including FHPOA President Larry Knapp, spoke eloquently and related that the building in which he was teaching, located just across the Hudson River from Lower Manhattan, shook and rumbled that September morning in 2001. Tom Mark, a Fairfield resident and chairman of Craven County Board of Commissioners, recalled that he and his wife awaited news of their sons, one of whom worked in tower number five and another who worked nearby. Thankfully both were fine.

Commissioner Theron McCabe, a three-time Harlow, NC VFD chief and a 1995 retired New York law enforcement officer, “We do this by the grace of God. I pray for these First Responders and all the men and women who lost their lives on 9/11.” And ironically, Chip Hughes, speaking as a member of the N.C. Governor’s Commission on Crime Control, said he was a state trooper in Hickory attending a class that morning on how to deal with weapons of mass destruction.

Fairfield Harbour’s Community Manager, Mystre’ Van Horn, repeated the phrase on the memorial, “Never Forget,” and urged the children of the Harbour to vow “Never Again.”

Located at the entrance to Fairfield Harbour, the design of the memorial was created by the Harbour’s own Betsy Conzelman and was dedicated on September 11, 2011. Everyone entering and leaving Fairfield Harbour passes the monument so that all may honor the 414 first responders who died and the additional 2000 who died, were injured or who are

Old Glory
Raising Old Glory
Marine Color Guard
Dumon, Color Guard, Piper Phil Buffa
God Bless America (Bob Dumon, trumpet)
Mystre’ Van Horn, Community Manager & Kids for Pledge of Allegiance
Star Spangled Banner
Marine Color Guard
Chip Hughes, Marines and dignitaries
Fire chiefs and Pipers Phil Buffa, Jr. and Dennis Thompson
Fire chiefs wreath presentation
Terry Knickerbocker and First Responders
POA President Larry Knapp
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