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Dedham veterans, public officials hold 9/11 ceremonies

Posted by Natalie Feulner  September 11, 2012 01:30 PM

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A wreath was placed at Town Hall Tuesday to commemorate Sept. 11 victims. View more photos from the ceremonies here.

Dedham veterans and public servants, and town officials attended two short ceremonies Tuesday commemorating those who lost their lives in the sttacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

The first ceremony was held at Town Hall, where a group of about 30 people met to hold a moment of silence, say the Pledge of Allegiance, and sing “God Bless America.”

“We met to honor the veterans who lost their lives on foreign soil, those who continue to defend our country, and the first responders, many of whom continue to suffer because of what happened that fateful day,” said Bill Aitken, Dedham’s veterans service officer.

Shortly after the Town Hall ceremony, Fire Chief William Cullinane read a brief statement and firefighters lowered the station’s flag while ringing a bell. It was the 11th ceremony of its type held by the Dedham Fire Department.

Cullinane said both on and off-duty firefighters attended the event and that his department stood in solidarity with the other departments around the state holding similar ceremonies at the same time.

He added that another ceremony open to all firefighters across Massachusetts will be held at the statehouse Tuesday evening.

Natalie Feulner can be reached at natalie.feulner@gmail.com.

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