BRADENTON — Friday morning’s Tribute to Heroes began with a Remembrance Service at Rossi Park and the theme was appropriate.
Are we in danger of forgetting what happened on 9-11 nine years ago?
Palmetto Mayor Shirley Groover-Bryant expressed that concern to a gathering of law enforcement, fire rescue and emergency services personnel from around Manatee County.
“I’m afraid we’re in danger of forgetting the day that shook our nation to its core nine years ago tomorrow,” she said. “The generation that endured the attack on Pearl Harbor told its story to succeeding generations. I fear the horror of Sept. 11 is receding in our national consciousness.”
One of those listeners was Denise Evers, a nurse and former fire department dispatcher in Brooklyn, N.Y., now living in Bradenton.
“If things like they had today don’t endure down the road, people do start to forget and it will have all been in vain,” she said. “The most important thing is to teach a child what happened and why. let them learn so they never forget. It is absolutely paramount.”
The Tribute to Heroes continued after the service with a luncheon at Bradenton Auditorium.
The guest speaker was scheduled to be Lt. Col. Kathryn Champion, U.S. Army (Ret.).