Hundreds gathered at Peace Arch Park on Sunday to honor first responders on the 15th anniversary of September 11.
The historic Plover ferry carried a contingent of first responders, including those who served on 9/11 in New York City, to the ceremony on Sunday. Pictured above is FDNY EMS paramedic Robert Abril, left, NYC police officers Robin Crucey, Efrain Morales Jr. and Antonio Ortiz. Diane Cordrey, pictured in front, is the wife of Drayton Harbor Maritime board member Gary Cordrey. She lost her niece as a result of 9/11. Courtesy of Richard Sturgill.
Guests waiting for a ceremony to honor the lives of those impacted by 9/11 15 years ago. Photo by Stefanie Donahue.
Color guard members participate in the 9/11 ceremony on Sunday. Photo by Stefanie Donahue.
The American flag stands tall during a 9/11 ceremony at Peace Arch Park on Sunday. Photo by Stefanie Donahue.
Photo by Stefanie Donahue.
Blaine Mayor Harry Robinson speaks during the Sunday ceremony. Photo by Stefanie Donahue.
Guests during the 15th anniversary of 9/11 attend a ceremony at Peace Arch Park. Photo by Stefanie Donahue.
Dignitaries from both sides of the border were in attendance to pay respect and remark on the honorable deeds by thousands of service members from both the U.S. and Canada.
“They say that for some, the memories of the 9/11 attacks are starting to fade,” said Blaine Mayor Harry Robinson during the ceremony. “I find that hard to believe.”
Four first responders from New York City who served on 9/11 attended the ceremony on Sunday. More than 250 guests representing the Canada Border Services Agency, United States Border Patrol, police, fire and paramedic teams representing Canada and the United States and members of the armed forces were in attendance as well.
A fundraiser barbeque was held Sunday afternoon at Peace Arch Park.