By Aaron Keebaugh
“It was a day just like this eleven years ago,” Fire Chief Eugene Doherty said to fire fighters, police officers, city officials, and residents who stood outside the Revere fire station on Tuesday. For many present, the sunshine and nearly cloudless sky were haunting reminders of that fateful Tuesday in 2001 when four terrorist-hijacked airliners brought the country to its knees.
Doherty read the “Firefighter’s Poem” while twenty-five Revere firefighters, dressed in their gear, lined up side-by-side to his right. Revere police officers and cadets from the Revere High School JROTC stood opposite the firefighters and faced the flagpole.
Lieutenant Dennis Russo and Firefighter Anthony DiGiovanni, dressed in gear, lowered the flag to commemorate the falling of the World Trade Center South Tower. Firemen rang the 5-5-5-5 signal on a bell and on three fire engines to commemorate both towers.
At the end of the service, Chief Doherty presented firefighters from Engine 3 with a bouquet of flowers to place on the memorial for Maryanne McFarland, a Revere woman who was a passenger on United Airlines Flight 175, which crashed into the South Tower.