KEIZER, Ore.--Keizer Fire District and the Keizer Community gathered once more to honor and remember the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. On this the 15th observance year, Keizer Fire held it's reverent and respectful memorial of those who were lost on 9-11, those who have sacrificed since, and those who still serve today.
Anne-Marie Storms, Public Education Specialist, for Keizer Fire District, lead the observance off with the posting of the colors by Keizer Police Honor Guard, Sergeant Greg Barber and Officer Tyler Wampler. "The Star Spangled Banner" was sung in three part harmony by McNary High School Seniors, Emma Blanco, Ashton Thomas, and Madi Zuro. While the placement of the memorial wreath was set at the monument dedicated to 9-11, by KFD Board President Joe Van Meter and Keizer Mayor, Cathy Clark... Pastor Doug Fox gave an invocation. Oregon State Fire Marshal, Jim Walker offered the thoughts of those who continue to serve and Keizer Fire Chief Jeff Cowan, shared refl ections of the past which have come to light in observance of this sacred day. Following a moment of silence, Doug Kroll of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, played, "Taps" on his bugle in the somber morning sunrise ceremony. Following the brief ceremony of events, the community gathered for breakfast in the Keizer Fire Station Community Room and shared memories of the days past with United States Military Veterans, Keizer Fire District Career, Volunteer and Retired members. This is the 15th commemoration of September 11th, 2001 for Keizer Fire District.