BELFAST – Commuters got a reminder about 9/11 Wednesday as people marched across the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Belfast.
“Today we come together as a country. We’re not Democrats. We’re not Republicans. We’re Americans, and we need to remember,” said Anthony Kimble, the commander of Belfast VFW Post 3108.
To remember and never forget – retirees, state senators, veterans, and sheriffs crossed the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Belfast.
It’s a September 11th tradition over the Route 1 bridge that people in Belfast have been doing for years.
“I spent 21 years of active and reserve service…so for me, 9/11 brings back a lot of memories,” said Waldo County Sheriff Jeff Trafton.
Hosted by the Belfast VFW, the walkers took their first step at 8:46 a.m., the same time the first plane hit the World Trade Center.
“What’s nice about this event is cars are driving by, people on their way to work, they see us walking across the bridge and I think it makes everyone take that moment to remember what this country has been through and what we do have in common,” said State Sen. Erin Herbig, of Belfast.
And while those crossing the bridge know where they were on September 11th, 2001, they pay tribute to those lost 18 years later for those who don’t remember.
“We have 18-year-old men and women who weren’t around when this happened so the only thing they see is what’s in textbooks, so if we don’t do this it will be forgotten. And we will not forget,” said Kimble.
A simple walk, on a rainy morning, to honor 3,000 people they never met, but will never forget.