Annual September 11th Memorial event marks 20th anniversary in Loveland

By Chuck Gibson (Krista Rose, City of Loveland Contributed to this story) 

LOVELAND, OH (Auugst 29, 2021) – Today is less than two weeks from the 20th anniversary of that horrible day – September 11, 2001 – which will forever live in our memories. 

LSFD Chief Otto Huber made opening remarks at the 9/11 Memorial in Loveland Friday, September 11, 2020 (Chuck Gibson)

The Loveland-Symmes Fire Department (LSFD) and City of Loveland are hosting a September 11 memorial event.  

“The Loveland-Symmes Fire Department and City of Loveland are committed to keeping their promise of never forgetting what happened 20 years ago on that fateful day,” said LSFD Captain Bruce Hawk.

The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 11, starting with a parade at 5 p.m. from the Loveland Elementary School, 600 Loveland Madeira Road. If your organization would like to participate, check to see if registratoin is still open at:  https://tinyurl.com/lsfd911memorial2021.

That day, 20 years ago, was a day of filled with terror, loss, sadness and grief. It was also a day of great heroism. So many firefighters, policemen and all the first-responsders did so many things to help those who could be helped, to bring hope where the darkness of despair fell with the ashes of the burned out Twin Towers in N.Y. City – not to mention efforts in Washington D.C. at the Pentagon, and in a field in Pennsylvania. In Loveland, OH, that loss has been felt, as well as the pride in the heroes who left the comfort of home here to go help others in need.  Saturday, September 11, 2021 our city will pause to remember and honor the memories of all those who were lost and all who were impacted by the events of that infamous day in American History. 

The Police Honor Guard in marching formation following the lowering of the flag to half-mast (Chuck Gibson)

Immediately following the parade, a ceremony will be held at the Loveland Firefighters’ Memorial, 200 Harrison Ave. The ceremony will feature guest speakers, and the ceremony site itself has a special connection to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

“The Firefighters’ Memorial features a piece of the wreckage from the World Trade Center,” explained Hawk.

A section of an I-beam from the North Tower of the World Trade Center was added to the Firefighters’ Memorial on Sept. 11, 2004. This donation was arranged by Firefighter Lee Lelpi (retired) from FDNY Rescue 2.

Following the ceremony, the Tom Daughtery Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m.

For additional information about the September 11 Memorial event, please contact Pattie Connor at the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department at pconnor@lsfd.org.