September 11, 2018 10:37 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- In the shadow of a remnant of the Twin Towers, dozens of north Iowans marked 17 years since the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil at a ceremony at the Clear Lake Fire Station Tuesday evening.
It was a day most Americans alive at the time will never forget.
"I was on my way to school," Chelle Boldt recalled. "I was a senior in high school so driving, listening to the radio. It didn't matter what channel you turned it to, it was all news and that a plane had hit the World Trade Center."
"It was tough. We all wanted to get in the truck and head right out there," Clear Lake Fire Department Lt. Mike Meester, an 18-year member of the department, said.
Seventeen years later, a lot has changed, but as people turned out to pay their respects, one message remained the same.
"It's important to keep the honor and sacrifice that all the first responders made that day, all the firefighters, police [...] we don't want to forget the ultimate sacrifice that they made," Mason City firefighter and paramedic Brad Boldt said.
Another message aimed at the youngest in the crowd who grew up not knowing what life was like before the attacks-- the importance of selflessness and resilience.
"It's good to get them involved in the community and to serve, and hopefully an event like this can encourage them to step forward into a role like that," Meester said.
"Just for (the kids) to have us honor (the fallen), it really shows them that it really was important and really something that we need to remember," Chelle Boldt said.
Created: September 11, 2018 10:37 PM
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